By Zach Shore, NAIA Media Coordinator
GULF SHORES, Ala. - (Complete results) On the second day of competition at the 2014 NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships at the Mickey Miller Blackwell Stadium on Friday, 11 national champions were crowned, including the men’s decathlon and women’s heptathlon winners. Both events spanned two days and Doane’s (Neb.) Kale Wolken took home the decathlon title with 7,416 points, which bested the 2013 mark. In the heptathlon, it was Brittany Green of Cornerstone (Mich.), who took home the hardware, winning by four points with a score of 5,267, just barely besting Northwestern (Iowa) student-athlete, Karen Hutson.
In the men’s discus portion of the decathlon, fourth-place finisher, Lindon Victor of Benedictine (Kan.) set a new meet record with a throw of 48.68m (159-08). He bested the previous record of 46.02m (151-0) set by Elliott Park of McMurry (Texas) in 1991.
In the first field event of the day, Jennifer Haag of Hastings (Neb.) took home the women’s shot put national title with a throw of 15.75m (51-8.25), while Wayne Northover took home the men’s long jump title with a jump of 7.42m (24-4.25).
There were four track national champions crowned today as well. In the women’s 5,000m race walk, Missouri Baptist teammates Mereth Zalba and Molly Josephs finished first and second, respectively, for the second-straight year posting times of 26:38.36 and 26:43.26. In the men’s race walk, Nick Christie and Alejandro Chavez, also of Missouri Baptist, took the top two spots on the podium, finishing in 21:22.72 and 21:49.50, respectively.
The first relay national champions were also crowned in the 4x800m relay with British Columbia defending their 2013 women’s title, finishing in 8:53.55 while Indiana Tech took the top spot in the men’s relay with a time of 7:31.12, .43 seconds better than second-place, British Columbia.
In the men’s discus throw, Nate Moses ran away from the field with a throw of 61.81m (202-09), nearly 10m further than second-place. The women’s triple jump was won by Darice Bowie of Indiana Tech with a jump of 12.59m (41-3.75) while Tori Brooks of Davenport (Mich.) won the high jump with a height of 2.15m (7-0.50).
Through nine events, Concordia (Ore.) currently leads the men’s national championship, with Missouri Baptist and Indiana Tech tied for second with 20 points each. On the women’s side, through 10 events, British Columbia is on top with 33 points while Cornerstone is in second with 32 and Hastings is in third with 31.50.
The 63rd Annual NAIA Men’s and 34th Annual NAIA Women’s Outdoor Track and Field National Championships will conclude tomorrow with 28 more individual national champions to be crowned as well as the team awards. The men’s and women’s marathon gets the day started with a 6 a.m. CDT start at the Orange Beach Sports Complex. The field events get underway at 1 p.m. with the men’s shot put and men’s pole vault with action on the track beginning at 2 p.m. with the women’s 3,000m steeplechase.
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Records broken during 2014 NAIA National Championships
• Maurice Strickland, Cal State San Marcos – Men’s decathlon 400m – 48.00 (Thursday)
• Lindon Victor, Benedictine (Kan.) – Men’s decathlon discus throw – 48.68 (Friday)
Institutions to record first-ever national championships individual title – men’s history
• Wiley (Texas) -- John Ampomah, Javelin (74.42m)
Individuals/Relay Teams to repeat as national champions – women’s history
• Reta Woodard, Embry-Riddle (Fla.) – Hammer Throw – 55.46m
• Akela Jones, Oklahoma Baptist – Long Jump – 6.55m
• Mereth Zalba, Missouri Baptist – 5,000m Race Walk – 26:38.36
• British Columbia – 4x800m Relay – 8:53.55