NAIA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships Day 2 Recap
MARION, Ind. -- (Results - PDF) Three records were broken during the second day of competition at the 2012 NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships that are being held at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Indiana.
Three records were broken on Friday and all three occurred in finals. Robbie Haynie of Eastern Oregon broke the Men's Decathlon Pole Vault record with a height of 5.45-meters/17 feet 10.5 inches. Besides the new record, Haynie completed a very busy day with five Decathlon events that led to an easy victory in the event with 7,598 points. Later in the evening, Haynie won the Men's High Jump with a height of 2.13-meters/6-11.75 feet.
The other two new meet records came from the women's side. Jura Levy of Oklahoma Baptist won a national title in the Women's 100-Meter Dash in a time of 11.35 seconds, besting the 11-year old record by .02 seconds. Crystal Bardge of Embry-Riddle (Fla.) also set a new standard in the Women's 100-Meter Hurdles in a time of 13.28 seconds. Bardge broke a seven year old record by .05 seconds en route to her second consecutive national title in the event.
Bardge was not the only student-athlete to defend her title today as Kayla Xavier of Concordia (Ore.) did so as well in the Women's Shot Put. Her toss of 15.49-meters/50-10 feet was enough for her second straight national championship.
Cedrique Smith of Azusa Pacific (Calif.) did not defend any titles but he did win his second title in the Men's 110-Meter Hurdles with a time of 14.03 seconds. Smith won his first hurdles championship as a freshman in 2009. Smith's teammate, freshman Remontay McClain, also won a title as he took first place in the Men's 100-Meter Dash in 10.34 seconds.
Three student-athletes won their first national championship in field events. Milika Tuivanuavou of Fresno Pacific (Calif.) had the farthest Women's Triple Jump mark at 12.08-meters/39-7.75 feet. Ronnie Taylor of Hastings (Neb.) won the Men's Long Jump in 7.87-meters/25-10 feet and Nate Moses of Concordia (Ore.) laid claim to the Men's Discus crown with a toss of 60.17-meters/197-5 feet.
The Men's and Women's 5,000-Meter Racewalk crowned champions. Ben Thorne of British Columbia (B.C.) earned the men's title in a time of 22:41.13 while Nicole Bonk of Embry-Riddle (Fla.) was the first to cross the line in the women's race in 26:43.05.
Both 4x800-Meter Relay finals were run in the evening. Aquinas (Mich.) claimed the men's title in a time of 7:27.97 while Oklahoma Baptist was victorious in the women's race at 8:52.49.
Breanna Leslie of Azusa Pacific won the first title awarded on Friday in the Women's Heptathlon. She won the seven event contest with 5,308 points.
In team competition, Azusa Pacific leads with 44 points and is one of four women's teams over 30 points. Defending champion Concordia (Ore.) sits second at 39 points, Oklahoma Baptist is third with 35 points and Embry-Riddle is fourth with 31 points.
Two teams have a slight separation from the pack in the men's team results. Shorter (Ga.), the 2011 national champion, currently leads with 47 points while Azusa Pacific is close behind with 44 points.
Saturday will be the final day of the three day national championships where the final 25 finals will be contested.