SALEM, Ore. — On Saturday, Rocky Mountain College freshman runners Ruth Chepsat and Joseph Vanden Bos both qualified for the NAIA national outdoor track and field championships at the West Coast Invite, the final meet of the 2019 regular season for the Rocky track and field teams.
Chepsat, a Kenya native, broke a school record with a time of 4 minutes, 38.77 seconds in the 1500-meter run. She finished seventh in the race and qualified with an NAIA "B" standard mark. The previous Rocky 1500 women's record was 4:39.77, set by Mackenzie O'Dore in 2016.
Vanden Bos, a Kalispell Glacier graduate, ran a personal best time of 1:53.68 in the 800-meter run. The second-place mark gave Vanden Bos an NAIA "B" standard qualification.
The national championships will be held in Gulf Shores, Alabama, from May 23-35. The other Battlin' Bears who will be competing in the national meet are George Beddow, Mei-Li Stevens and Carina Bracy. All three will run in the full marathon.