Decathlete Alex Waroff and hurdler Dennis Olstedt led a large group of Southern Oregon athletes during the opening day of the NAIA Track and Field National Championships Thursday in Marion, Ind.

Decathlete Alex Waroff and hurdler Dennis Olstedt led a large group of Southern Oregon athletes during the opening day of the NAIA Track and Field National Championships Thursday in Marion, Ind.

Waroff sits in 11th place with 3,246 points after the first day of the decathlon, while British Columbia's Reid Gustavson leads the event with 3,942 points.

Waroff started off his day with a 10th place finish in the 100 and just missed a career best time with a finish of 11.55 seconds. Waroff then had a decathlon personal best jump of 21-feet, 3/4-inches in the long jump to finish sixth. Waroff was 10th in the shot put with a throw of 36-53/4 and finished the day with the 14th-best mark in the high jump with a leap of 5-93/4.

Olstedt qualified for today's semifinals in the 400 hurdles by finishing 15th overall in the prelims in 54.44. The time was the fourth fastest time in his heat.

Senior Levi Roudebush just missed out on qualifying in the 1,500 prelims. Roudebush finished sixth in his heat with a time of 3:57.70.

In the men's 3,000 steeplechase, junior James Johnstone just missed out on qualifying for the finals in the event with a 16th-place finish in 9:28.87. In the women's 3,000 steeplechase, junior Tara Krempley failed to qualify, but still finished ninth in her heat with a time of 11:43.51.

In the final of the women's 10,000, Anya Martinez was the top finisher out of the three Raiders in the event. Martinez finished 19th (39:08.85), Kristen Juveland finished 27th (39:41.32) and Laurie Stoutenburgh finished 29th (40:02.92).

On the men's side, Zach Elliott finished 23rd in 32:59.29. Josh Seitz finished 29th in 33:50.92 and Andrew Milne finished 31st in 34:06.90.

The meet continue today with Waroff finishing the decathlon, Olstedt competing in the 400 hurdle semifinals and Kelly Clark in the racewalk finals. On Saturday, Seth Lindquist will compete in the triple jump, Ryan Matz will run in the marathon and Holly Haga will throw in the discus.