Tarantino sets personal best, looks to extend season


KIRKSVILLE, Mo. – Laura Tarantino saved her best for what hopes not to be her last collegiate race. The senior busted a personal best 35:36.74, breaking the 36-minute barrier for the first time and moved to 17th position on the NCAA Division II performance list.

Tarantino finished third in the 10,000 Meter Run at the Dr. Keeler Invitational hosted by North Central College in Naperville, Illinois on Thursday night. She improved her standing on the national meet selections from the mid 20s to 17th with the NCAA announcing the Outdoor Track & Field participants early this week.

Other Bulldogs tried to improve or get provisional status at "Last Chance" meets in Joplin, Missouri and Pittsburg, Kansas.

Michaela Hylen won the 3,000 Meter Steeplechase but came up short in earning a qualifying time. She race 11:08.14 in the event.

Elijah Farrales finished second in the 400 Meter dash with a time of 48.67.

Karina Critten was seventh in the Discus with a mark of 132-10.

Cassidy Smestad competed in multiple events looking to get back to the NCAA National meet. She finished fourth both days in the Discus but had the better mark in the second day. Smestad tossed 138-7 and is tied with Critten on the performance list at 41st.

In the Shot, Smestad once again had a better mark on day two. She went 46-6.75 to place fifth on Friday then 46-8.25 to finish third on Saturday. Smestad is ranked 31st in Division II.

Courtesy: Truman State University

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