PITTSBURG, Kan. — As a pair of Quad-City area competitors extended a string of top-10 finishes for the men’s team, the St. Ambrose women’s track team earned its best finish ever at the NAIA National Indoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday.
Josh Pestka and Rane Nichols continued season-long competition in the 1,000-meter run into the national championship race, where both finished in the top seven to help the Fighting Bees earn their third-straight top-10 finish in the NAIA meet.
Pestka, a sophomore from North Scott, took fifth place in 2 minutes, 28.86 seconds while Nichols earned seventh place. The senior from Davenport West finished in 2:31.23.
Their combined six points pushed St. Ambrose into a 10th-place finish in the team race, the third-best finish ever indoors or outdoors for the men’s program.
"That was our goal this year, to be a top-10 team after graduating a ton of talent last year, and we met our goal," coach Dan Tomlin said.
The St. Ambrose women finished 16th overall, two places better than the Bees’ previous best finish at the national meet.
On Saturday, the Bees were led by a ninth-place finish from Brandi Hosford in the triple jump.
Making the finals for second straight year, the senior from Morrison finished with a best effort of 37 feet, nine inches. St. Ambrose sophomore Lauren Lamourt took 15th in the event with a personal best of 37-1.
The Bees’ other competitor Saturday, Ashley Plumb, finished 11th in the mile run.