MARION, Ind. – It was a repeat for Hillary Holt and a dose of sweet redemption for Sora Klopfenstein.
The College of Idaho juniors won a national title Saturday at the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships to help the Coyotes women place seventh as a team.
Klopfenstein dominated the field in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, breaking her own school record, while Holt defended her national title with a victory in the 1,500-meters.
In all, the Lady Yotes scored in five different events, finishing the three-day meet with 31 team points — with the seventh-place finish their highest ever at the NAIA Outdoor Championships.
Klopfenstein broke away from the pack midway through the steeplechase, traversing the waterfall jumps to win her first individual national title in a time of 10:35.58 — a mark that’s 10 seconds faster than her own school record. Klopfenstein, who finished second in the event last season, earned her sixth All-America award with the victory.
Holt continued her dominance in the 1,500-meters to win her fifth individual national title, using a push with 300 meters left to separate herself from British Columbia’s Maria Bernard and Concordia’s Linsie Michels. Holt eased to a one-second win in 4:26.92 — a mark that’s four seconds faster than her 2012 victory.
Holt also picked up All-American honors in the 800 meters for the third-straight year, holding the lead until the final 50 meters, when Oklahoma Baptist’s Hannah Helker surged past for a half-second win. Holt’s time of 2:07.96 was the second-fastest in program history. It was her 10th career All-America award, the most-ever by a C of I woman in any sport.
Jasmine Sibert earned All-America honors in the 400-meter hurdles. The Coyotes junior broke her own school record with a time of 1:02.11, finishing sixth overall.
Sibert and Holt, along with Lexis Lange and Nichole DeGrange, placed sixth in the 4x400-meter relay. The quartet finished in a time of 3:49.86 — the highest finish by a C of I relay team in outdoor track.
Indiana Tech cruised to the team title, followed by Oklahoma Baptist and British Columbia.
Montgomery places second
All-America performances by Greg Montgomery and Dominic Bolin in their final collegiate races capped the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships for the College of Idaho men.
Montgomery placed second in the 5,000 meters — earning his 10th All-America honor, the most by a C of I men’s athlete. Dominic Bolin earned his fourth All-America honor of 2012-13, taking fourth in the 1,500 meters.
Montgomery pushed the pace in the 5,000 — taking the lead with four laps remaining, and held the lead until 100 meters to go, when John Gilbertson of The Masters passed him to win the title. Montgomery, the C of I Men’s Senior Athlete of the Year, finished in a time of 14:09.24. Teammate Jason Hunt placed 14th in the final (14:56.15).
Bolin had an outstanding run in the 1,500 meters, sitting in a pack of six runners through the first three laps. In sixth place at the top of the stretch, Bolin, a Payette native, passed a pair of runners in the final 50 meters to finish in 3:52.11. The senior earned All-America honors earlier this season in cross country, in the indoor mile and the indoor DMR.
As a team, the Coyotes finished with 21 team points, in a tie for 13th place overall. Indiana Tech claimed the team title by four points over Oklahoma Baptist.