Richtman wins 10,000 at NAIA Championship

GULF SHORES, Ala. — One of the all-time great Orediggers is a national champion yet again.

Montana Tech senior Becca Richtman ran to victory in the women’s 10,000-meter race Thursday night at the 2022 NAIA Outdoor Track & Field Championship at Mickey Miller Blackwell Stadium.

Richtman finished the race in 35 minutes, 13.93 seconds. She beat second-place Jessica Price of Shawnee State by 15 seconds. Kyla Becker of British Colombia took third in 35:52.

The national title is No. 4 for Richtman, who is now an eight-time All-American.

Her latest victory came in her second race of the day. Earlier Thursday, Richtman finished the 3,000-meter steeplechase. That qualified her No. 8 in the finals, which will be run on Friday. Richtman is the defending champion in that event.

Richtman will also run the 5,000 meters on Friday.

Also Thursday, Montana Tech freshman Jenna Jordan placed 13th in the javelin with a throw of 40.31 meters (132 feet, 3 inches). Classmate Naiya Beadin placed 28th in the triple jump with a leap of 11.11 meters (36-5 ½).

Tech’s Abby Clark will compete in the high jump on Friday, and Tristen Sedgwick will throw the discus.

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