GULF SHORES, Ala. -- Carroll College senior Easton Padden placed second in the pole vault at the NAIA National Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Saturday.
The 2009 Laurel High School graduate closes his career as a seven-time NAIA All-American. Padden was hoping for the second time in his career to sweep both the indoor and outdoor national titles. He had claimed the indoor title in March. He will leave the Saints with three national titles and the respect of coaches across the country.
"All the coaches love him and always comment to me how he's such a class act," Carroll coach Harry Clark told the Helena Independent Record. "And even today, coaches came up and talked to him afterward. That's the kind of respect he has across the country."
Overall, Carroll had eight All-Americans. The men's team finished in 16th place, while the women were 21st.
Other All-Americans for Carroll were: Rhianna Grossman, Jr., Coeur d' Alene, Idaho, 2nd, steeplechase; Stephen Delaney, So., Charlo, 4th, 400 hurdles; Kathleen Mulligan, Jr., Des Moines, Wash., 5th, triple jump; Leah Esposito, Fr., Clancy, 6th, 1,500; Beaugh Meyer, Fr., Boise, Idaho, 6th, shot put; Ben Cutler, Sr., Kalispell, 8th, 400; Latecia Howell, Jr., Rathdrum, Idaho, 8th, heptathlon.