Artner, Mock and Mullins continue quest for nationals bids

Artner, Mock and Mullins continue quest for nationals bids

NEWBERG, Ore. -- With two weeks left until the NCAA Championships in Iowa, three Lewis & Clark seniors continued to try and hit marks that could qualify them to the national meet.

Kodie Artner remains in the top 10 of the 400-meter hurdles nationally, sitting in ninth. He ran the event in 53.65 at Saturday's Haskins Invite at Stoffer Family Stadium, which was not faster than his Northwest Conference Championships mark of 53.00 last month.

Meanwhile, Mock and Mullins would not be in the NCAA field if it were to be the next competition. Both plan to compete at the Portland Twilight meet, which is hosted by the University of Portland at Lewis & Clark's Eldon Fix Track at Griswold Stadium, on Sunday.

Mock is currently 30th on the national pole vault list and did not improve from his 15 feet, 6.25 inches mark at the NWC Champoinships. He vaulted 15 feet on Saturday to win the event.

Mullins marked 34 feet, 6.25 inches in the triple jump to place sixth on Sunday, but is outside of the top 50 nationally. 

"Deion's consistency is remarkable. He is so close to a big break through that could take him to nationals," said Director of Cross Country/Track & Field Keith Woodard. "Kodie continues his dominance against conference hurdles in his last tune-up before heading to the national championships. Jeanie came back from a couple of low-key weeks and looks ready to finish her season with some big jumps."

The Portland Twilight meet is scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday.