Orediggers place eight at National Championship

GULF SHORES, Ala. — Montana Tech competed in the NAIA Track & Field National Championship for the first time as a full team. Senior Becca Richtman scored 26 points and Tech finished in eighth place as a team.

“It was awesome to have a group down here on the biggest stage,” said head coach Zach Kughn. “We had some impressive showings.”

Richtman, who is already a three-time national champion, added a fourth national championship medal winning the 10,000 meter on Thursday winning the race by 15 seconds. Richtman finished second in the 5,000 meter and the 3,000 meter steeple chase today. Richtman was named the Most Valuable Track Athlete of the meet. (Results)

“Becca was amazing again and earning MVP again was definitely not expected in the tough outdoor field.”

Richtman earned All-American in all three races and finishes her career with eight All-American honors. She was also named the Most Valuable Track Athlete at the indoor championships earlier this year.

“Seeing three of our freshman just miss All-American really shows what is coming for the future of our program,” Kughn said. “I’m proud of all five women this week as well as all of those back home.”

Abby Clark took 11th in the high jump. Jenna Jordan finished 13th in the javelin. Tristen Sedgwick finished 14th in the discus. Naiya Beaudin took 28th in the triple jump.

“Additionally, our class of 2022 signees are wrapping up their high school season and it is fun to think about what is coming the years ahead,” Kughn said.