The Evergreen State College’s Alauna Carstens bags national All-American honors


The Evergreen State College Track & Field Team ended the outdoor season with Alauna Carstens winning All-American honors, placing 7th out of 34 participants in the women’s 5000 meters in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Outdoor Track & Field Championships held May 22nd to 24th at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Indiana.

The birthday girl Carstens showed up in the preliminaries in her first stint in the nationals, placing first in her heat and ninth overall with a time of 17:42.98, which includes a 73-second last lap, to qualify for the finals, the first ever from Evergreen State College to do so in the event.

On finals day, Carstens stepped up and ran her heart out for an impressive 7th place finish at 17:43.21, just enough for All-American honors on the national stage.

This is the first appearance for the Geoducks in the outdoor track and field national stage since 2017, where Zeb Hoffman qualified and placed 4th in the Men's Hammer. He is currently the Geoducks Associate Director of Intercollegiate Athletics.

It can be remembered that Carstens got the national time after showing out last March at the Oregon Preview, where she timed a personal best of 17:11.81 in the event.

Also at the national championships for Evergreen State was River Scheuerell, competing in the men’s 5,000-meter Racewalk. However, in a very technical event, he was disqualified in the middle of his race.

"Having two student-athletes represent the college at nationals, with one winning her prelim heat before being an All-American. I am just so proud, honored, thrilled, excited, and pumped for our future," exclaimed Head Coach Joel Pearson after the nationals.

The nationals conclude the outdoor season for the Geoducks as they regroup for the upcoming indoor track and field season in the winter.


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  • Rattler347

    Hey look, actual genetic females having success at female sports. Coming from evergreen, this is a shocker. Apparently ESU really does recognize just 2 genders.

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  • metalFish

    @Rattler347 Weird hobby to express your education level remains at ELEMENTARY BIOLOGY.

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