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2016 NAIA Indoor National Championships - Finals Recap

March 05, 2016
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By Jay Stancil, NAIA Media Coordinator

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn
. – (Individual Results | Team Results) The Wayland Baptist (Texas) women and the Indiana Tech men captured the 2016 NAIA Indoor Track and Field Championships at the David E. Walker Track at Gentry Field in Johnson City, Tenn.

For the Wayland Baptist women, this is its sixth indoor championship but the first one for the Pioneers since 2009. Wayland Baptist won with 72 total points, with Doane (Neb.) taking second with 61.5 points. Indiana Tech (61 points) and Siena Heights (Mich.) (59.5 points) round out the top four.

The men’s championship is the third in a row for Indiana Tech, who tallied 105 points. The Warriors are the first team to three-peat since Azusa Pacific (Calif.) won four in a row from 2007-10. Wayland Baptist placed second with 77 points, while Concordia (Neb.) (58 points) and Siena Heights (47 points) took third and fourth.

Bacone (Okla.) collected its first-ever men’s individual championship, while Marymount (Calif.) and Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.) picked up their first-ever women’s individual championship. There was only one repeat individual champion on the day.

The team championship coaches for both teams were named NAIA Coach of the Year: Brian Whitlock of Wayland Baptist for the women and Doug Edgar of Indiana Tech for the men.

The women’s championship was not secured until the final event of the meet, the 4x400 relay. Heading into it, Wayland Baptist led with 64 points with Siena Heights in second at 59.5 points. The Pioneers were able to secure second place in the 4x400 to lock up the team title.

In all, Wayland Baptist won two individual championships en route to the team championship. Rochene Smith of Wayland Baptist earned the Women’s Most Valuable Performer award as she won the 200-meter dash in 23.87 seconds and finished second in the 60-meter dash (7.45 seconds). Monique McPherson claimed Wayland Baptist’s other individual championship in the 600-meter run with a time of 1:31.23.

Siena Heights, Southern at New Orleans (La.) and Doane also won two individual championships. A total of 17 different teams had individual championships.

Only one record fell on Saturday, the final day of the three-day event. The lone record for the day came in the women’s 1,000-meter run as Hanna Hermansson of Marymount earned her school’s first-ever individual championship. She crossed the line in 2:45.81, shaving 0.04 off of the mark set by Jessica Smith of Simon Fraser (B.C.) in 2010.

Hannibal-LaGrange collected its first-ever women’s individual championship when Kristen Garwood won the 5,000-meter run by over seconds, crossing the line in 17:26.05.

Olivet Nazarene’s (Ill.) Amy Blucker scored is the only repeat winner, scoring another individual championship in the women’s shot put. She posted a throw of 14.70m (48-02.75) to win by 4.25 inches.

Kasey Renshaw of Siena Heights was named the Women’s Outstanding Performer. Renshaw shattered the women’s weight throw record with a toss of 21.20m (69-06.75), besting the old mark by over 4.5 feet. Renshaw also placed eighth in the shot put.

Indiana Tech won three individual championships in helping to win its third men’s team title in a row. Harris Edwards, III, scored a win for the Warriors in the 200-meter dash (21.09), and John Hester won the 600-meter run (1:18.36). Indiana Tech’s final individual title came in the last event of the meet, the 4x400. The Warriors were 0.02 off of breaking the meet record in the relay event, finishing in 3:09.41.

Also collecting multiple individual championships were Wayland Baptist, Siena Heights and Concordia – all with two. Fifteen different schools earned individual championships in the men’s competition.

Jackson Thomas gave Bacone its first-ever men’s individual championship with a win in the mile as he finished in 4:16.31, edging Daniel Garcia of Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) by 0.66 seconds.

Garcia and Geoffrey Kipchuma of William Carey (Miss.) earned the Men’s Most Valuable Performers as they both tallied 18 total points for their respective schools. Garcia took second in the mile and won the 1,000-meter race in 2:28.79. Kipchuma claimed the individual championship in the 5,000-meter race (14:30.91) and was second in the 3,000-meter.

The Harry Gill Men’s Most Outstanding Performer is Cody Boellstorff of Concordia. Boellstorff won the men’s weight throw with a toss of 21.26m (69-09.00), missing tying the record by a mere two inches.

The official list of the 2016 All-Americans will be announced on Monday, Mar. 7.

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Harry Gill Men's Outstanding Performer (Selected by the Games Committee)
Cody Boellstorff – Concordia (Neb.)
Women's Outstanding Performer (Selected by Games Committee)
Kasey Renshaw – Siena Heights (Mich.)
Men's Most Valuable Performer (based on total points scored in competition) - tie
Geoffrey Kipchuma – William Carey (Miss.)
Daniel Garcia – Cardinal Stritch (Wis.)
Women's Most Valuable Performer (based on total points scored in competition)
Rochene Smith – Wayland Baptist (Texas)
Women's Coach of the Year (voted on by coaches)
Brian Whitlock – Wayland Baptist (Texas)
Men's Coach of the Year (voted on by coaches)
Doug Edgar – Indiana Tech

Records broken during 2016 NAIA National Championships
•    Hanna Hermansson, Marymount (Calif.) – Women’s 1,000-meter – 2:45.81 (Saturday) ^
•    Kasey Renshaw, Siena Heights (Mich.) – Women’s Weight Throw – 21.20m (69-06.75) (Friday) ^
^ NAIA National Championships record

Individuals/Relay Teams to repeat as national champions – men’s history
•    Kale Woken, Doane (Neb.) – Heptathlon – 5396 pts
•    Zachary Lurz, Concordia (Neb.) – Shot Put – 17.57m (57-07.75)
 
Individuals/Relay Teams to repeat as national champions – women’s history
•    Talitha Fagen, Eastern Oregon – Pole Vault – 3.87m (12-8.25)
•    Kasey Renshaw, Siena Heights (Mich.) –Weight Throw – 21.20m (69-06.75)
•    Amy Blucker, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) – Shot Put – 14.70m (48-02.75)

Institutions to record first-ever national championships individual title – men’s history
•    Friends (Kan.) – 4x800 Relay (7:37.08)
•    Jackson Thomas, Bacone (Okla.) – Mile Run
•    Taylor Killings, Marian (Ind.) – 60m Hurdles
 
Institutions to record first-ever national championships individual title – women’s history
•    St. Ambrose (Iowa) – Jenny Lopez – 3000m Race Walk (14:47.45)
•    Mobile (Ala.) – Jonina Brinson – Long Jump (5.77m, 18-11.25)
•    Benedictine (Kan.) – 4x800 relay (9:09.37)
•    Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.) – Kristen Garwood – 5000m Run (17:24.33)