Freshman Ellerie Lagerhausen took fifth in the women's 3,000-meter race walk with a time of 17:03.58 to seal AU's first NAIA All-American of the event. The Chandler, Ariz.-native was the highest freshman finisher in the event, and earned fifth by outdueling St. Xavier University runner-Mercedes Mancha by a second and a half at the finish.
Junior Aleksander Jakobsen followed up by becoming the second Ashford University NAIA All-American after taking seventh in the men's 3,000-meter version of the event. He finished in a time of 14:18.85.
The Saints will crown at least one more All-American on Saturday after a junior ran well in a pair of races to qualify for the finals on the final day of competition. Willow Springs, Ill.-native Christian Awah qualified for the eighth and final spot in Saturday's men's 60-meter hurdles event after taking 11th in the preliminaries (8.28) and eighth in the semi-finals (8.20).
The 60-meter hurdles commence at 11:50 a.m. central time.
Two other Saints, Demetryione Singleton and Justin Ludwikowski, finished 23rd and 26th in the prelims, respectively.
Ludwikowski concluded the men's heptathlon on Saturday morning by collecting a 14th place finish of the 16 qualifiers, racking up 4553 points in the process. Eastern Oregon's Robbie Haynie won the event by setting a new meet record of 5454 points.
Sophomore Myelle Vann closed out the day for AU by finishing the women's 200-meter preliminaries in a time of 26.29. The Chicago, Ill.-native took 31st place.
The Ashford men's squad is guaranteed 2.85 points after Friday's result and sit in 27th in the nation as a team.
The 2012 NAIA Indoor Championships conclude on Saturday. Ashford's representation opens the day at 9 a.m. in the women's triple jump.