Peter Smith-N. Polk-Northwestern-IA
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Red Raiders Hit National Auto Qualifier in NAIA Marathon

Tanner Goetsch-Spirit Lake-Northwestern-IA ©Red Raider Athletics

Tanner Goetsch-Spirit Lake-Northwestern-IA
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Two Northwestern College runners, Peter Smith

and Tanner Goetsch, met the auto mark and qualified for the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in the marathon.

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Goetsch, Smith and Jeffrey Jeltema all competed at the Midland Warriors Half-Marathon on Saturday, Dec. 2 in Fremont, Neb. Smith won the 13.1 mile race with a school record time of 1:10.37, meeting the NAIA’s automatic qualifying standard. The senior broke the old record, set by Ryan Bauermeister last year, by 1:16. Goetsch also met the auto mark and bettered the old record, placing third with a time of 1:11.50. Jeltema crossed the finish line in 26th place with

Peter Smith-N. Polk-Northwestern-IA ©Red Raider Athletics

Peter Smith-N. Polk-Northwestern-IA
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a time of 1:20.18, nearly 10 minutes faster than his time in 2016.