Carroll College’s Monica White, Chad Hemsley and Nikki Krueger, all Kalispell natives, have qualified for the NAIA Track and Field National Championships on May 23 in Gulf Shores, Alabama.
White, a 2015 Flathead High School grad, has qualified as part of the 4×400 relay team for the fourth year in a row. Now a senior at Carroll, White and her teammates posted All-America finishes in 2016 (4th), 2017 (4th) and 2018 (6th). This year’s relay team is currently ranked 13th in the country.
Hemsley, a freshman from Flathead, will run the 400-meter hurdles at the national championships fresh off a time of 54.40 seconds at the Providence Open on May 2. Hemsley won the 300-meter Class AA state title for the Braves last spring and had four other all-state finishes to help Flathead place second as a team.
Krueger, a Glacier High School grad, will compete in the shot put and boasts the eighth-longest throw in the NAIA this year at 45 feet, 5 3/4 inches. Krueger was a two-time Class AA state champion in high school, winning the shot put in 2017 and the discus in 2016. She is a two-sport athlete for the Saints, also suiting up for the school’s women’s basketball team.