Missouri Baptist Runs Away with National Championship
May 27, 2006
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For the second straight year, Anderson won the 100- (11.41), 200- (23.86) and 400-meter (54.53) races and then anchored the Spartans to victory in the 4x100 relay (45.87) and a second-place finish in the 4x400 relay (3:49.50). She becomes the first person NAIA history to sweep the individual sprints and then anchor a sprint relay victory. For her efforts,
"Nickesha is the foundation of our program," said Missouri Baptist head coach Vince Bingham, who was named NAIA Women's Outdoor Track & Field National Coach of the Year. "She has brought us from rags to riches. No one had ever won the 100, 200 and 400 at a major meet, and now she has done it twice. She had a great week."
Missouri Baptist scored 51 points in the sprints alone with
"This was the goal, to win both the indoor and outdoor championships," added Bingham. "We thought we could win the outdoor title last year but we didn't. The girls wore that all year and lived the dream 365 of winning outdoors this year. They felt they had unfinished business."
Azusa Pacific was paced by senior thrower Vivian Chukwuemeka who won the shot put for the fourth time, tying her own NAIA record with a put of 59' 7 ½". The victory is her third of this championship meet, having earlier won the hammer and discus throws, and the 16th of her collegiate career, the most ever by an NAIA athlete.
Simon Fraser, which is the reigning 3-time NAIA cross country champion, parlayed its distance strength into victories in the 800 and 1500 meters. Rebecca Johnstone successfully defended her 800 crown with a stadium record 2:05.42, while Julia Howard picked up her sixth NAIA title by running a 4:29.11 in the 1500. SFU collected another ten points when sophomore Ruky Abdulai beat Point Loma Nazarene's Heike Siener in a jump-off, claiming the NAIA title with a leap of 5' 10 ½". In the process she becomes the first female athlete in association history to win the long jump and high jump in the same meet.
In the first marathon of her career,
Oklahoma Baptist closed out the meet by winning the 4x400-meter relay for the second straight year, registering a stadium record time of 3:45.47 to beat Missouri Baptist, which was second with a 3:49.50.
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