GAINESVILLE, Fla.– 10 patients hospitalized after a multivehicle crash involving Oregon Tech athletes.
Officials with the school say the team was on its way back from national championships when the accident occurred.
Oregon Tech releasing a Facebook statement saying “A van carrying members of the Oregon Tech cross-country team was involved in a serious accident in Gainesville. The team was on its way back from the NAIA National Championships. We ask that you provide emotional support to our student-athletes, the coaching staff, and their families during this difficult time.”
Florida Highway Patrol troopers blocked traffic going north and south after a crash near mile marker 374 involving a semi-truck, cars, and The Oregon Tech’s Team van.
Interstate 75 was blocked in both directions after the crash injured at least 10 people near Micanopy around 4 Friday evening.
Northbound lanes and two southbound lanes have since reopened.
NewsWatch 12 is awaiting more details from Oregon Tech about the condition of the team.
The Oregon Tech men’s cross country team and one OIT women’s cross country runner were competing at the NAIA National Championships. The Owls men’s team earned one of 14 at-large bids to the championships, their first time in Tallahassee.
Senior Kira Morrow was listed to be on the trip, representing the Lady Owls in the women’s race as one of 73 individual runners selected to compete. She is from Klamath Falls and attended Henley High School.
Other Cascade Conference teams who went to race today at Apalachee Regional Park include Southern Oregon University. Last season, the Tech men placed 12th overall at the NAIA Championships, and it was ranked in the top 20 nationally this season.
Sophomore Noah Marshall of Phoenix, Oregon, is a member of the team with senior Nick McMillen who last month became the fifth Hustlin’ Owl to break the 25-minute mark over an 8,000-meter distance with his time of 24:56. McMillen is a senior from Reno, Nevada. Other OIT 2022 men’s track team members include:
Maxwell Cox, a junior from Rancho Santa, Margarita, California
Jonas Hartline, a senior from Lake Forest, California
Thomas Long, a sophomore from Barstow, California
Tychon Preston, a sophomore from Snoqualmie, Washington
Toby Ruston, a sophomore from Dallas, Oregon
Joseph Wilkinson, a senior from Neskowin
OIT’s cross country Interim Head Coach is Mike Anderson.
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