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Clackamas Track & Field Alum Chelsea Bone and Kennedy Rufener excel at Division II National Championships
All-American: Rufener takes 4th in 10,000 at DII National Champs
CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Overtaking five opponents on the final lap, Western Oregon University senior Kennedy Rufener captured All-American honors with a fourth-place finish in the 10,000-meter run at the NCAA DII Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Thursday.
Running steady at around the 10th position for the vast majority of the race, Rufener had never moved into a slot higher than seventh place until the final trip around the oval. At the bell, Rufener posted the fastest final lap of the day (1:12.22) to cross the line with a school record time of 35:05.91 and earn podium honors. The finish provided five points for the WOU women's team total.
Alaska Anchorage's Caroline Kurgat, the national leader and NCAA DII cross country champion, won the 10,000 crown by more than 35 seconds with a 34:13.80. Mount Olive's Leah Hanle took second with a 34:49.50 while Chico State's Hannah Dorman held off Rufener's charge with a 35:05.06.
Rufener entered the race ranked No. 12 in the 22-member field according to the NCAA DII performance list.
Concordia's Bone Place 10th At Div II Nationals
From Concordia Website
(Bone is seventh best heptathlete to come out of the NWAC after winning it last year with a score of 4702 points and was the high point scorer at the 2017 NWAC Track and Field Championship.)
CHARLOTTE, NC--- The nationally ranked Concordia Cavaliers continued their appearance at the 2018 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships as Chelsea Bone finished the final three events of the heptathlon to finished in tenth place in the women's heptathlon.
After finishing day one in twelfth place in the heptathlon, junior transfer Chelsea Bone moved up two places and finished in tenth place with 4860 points after being seeded 16th in this year's field at the championships. Bone started her morning with a 13th place finish in the long jump with a jump of 5.13m (16-10) to earn 595 points. She then placed second with a throw of 37.11m (121-9) in the javelin to earn 612 points. Bone finished the heptathlon with a seventh place time of 2:21.73 in the 800 to earn 813 points to finish with 4860 points. Angelo State's Kami Norton won the heptathlon with 5336 points.
Bone finished just 28 points from her school record of 4888 points, which she accomplished at the GNAC Combined Events Championships on April 30-May 1 in Nampa, Idaho. At the GNAC Combined Events, Bone finished fourth. At the GNAC Indoor Championships in the pentathlon in Nampa, Idaho, Bone earned All-GNAC honors by placing third with 3312 points. Earlier in the indoor season, Bone broke the school record in the pentathlon at the UW Invite on January 26 in Seattle, Wash., with 3316 points.