(Monday, January 21; Sioux Center, Iowa) Eric Steiger (Freshman; Lynden, Washington) met the NAIA Indoor Track and Field Championship provisional qualifying standard at the SDSU DII Invitational held on Friday, January 18 in the 5,000 meters.
Steiger ran the event in 15:15 and currently has the eighth fastest time in the event in the NAIA. He placed fifth in the event on Friday.
The Defenders will run again this weekend at Storm Lake in a meet hosted by Buena Vista. The GPAC Championships are scheduled for February 15 and 16 and the NAIA National Championships will be in Brookings, South Dakota on February 28-March 2.