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Marion, Ind. – The Black Hills State University track and field teams competed in the first day of the NAIA Outdoor National Track and Field Championships on Thursday in Marion, Ind.

Shannon Hellman continued her domination in the 100-meter hurdles running a time of 13.37 in the prelims, ranking her first overall entering the next round.  Hellman is also currently sitting in third place in the heptathlon after four events.  Nikki Shinkle advanced to the next round in both the 100-meter hurdles and the 400-meter hurdles.  Shinkle ran 14.81 in the 100-meter hurdles and 1:04.26 in the 400-meter hurdles.  Erin Curran finished 28th in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:57.42.  Abi Bever and Leigh Anne Whiteside both competed in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.  Bever had a time of 11:33.53 and White posted a time of 12:00.49.

In the women’s field events, Cody Milbourn finished 12th in the hammer throw with a toss of 47.15 meters.  Lisa Koch finished in a tie for 13th in the pole vault after clearing a height of 3.58 meters.

On the men’s side, Jason Boeding and Cole Nicholas both competed in the hammer throw.  Boeding threw the hammer 57.12 meters and Nicholas had a toss of 52.23 meters.  Boeding finished fifth and Nicholas 16th.

Cody Bordewyk, Jed Morgan and K.C. Fiedler all ran in the prelims of the 3,000-meter steeplechase.  Bordewyk placed fourth in 9:14.97 while Morgan placed ninth with a time of 9:27.95.  Fiedler finished 24th with a time of 9:42.92.  Both Bordewyk and Morgan qualified for the next round of competition.  Cameron Dean was the only other Yellow Jacket to compete on Thursday.  Dean placed 11th in the prelims of the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 54.22 advancing to the next round.

The Yellow Jackets will continue competition on May 28-29 at the NAIA National Championships.

For more information on Black Hills State Athletics, visit www.BHSU.edu/Athletics.