By Chad Waller, NAIA Director of Communications and Sports Information
GENEVA, Ohio - (Complete results) The Oklahoma Baptist men's and women's programs won the team titles at the 2013 NAIA Men's and Women's Indoor Track & Field National Championships at SPIRE Institute Saturday. The women take home a record-tying fifth national championship and the men hoist the banner for the first time. The Bison become the fifth different school to sweep the team championships and first since Azusa Pacific (Calif.) in 2004.
There were five men's and women's national championships records set during the event and one additional SPIRE Institute facility record.
Oklahoma Baptist head coach Ford Mastin was named the Men's and Women's Coach of the Year after his teams won by sizable amounts. His men tallied 86.50 points to stave off defending national champion Wayland Baptist (Texas) by 16.50 points. On the women's side, the Bison held a 113-87 scoring advantage over second-place Indiana Tech.
Oklahoma Baptist's Adam Godwin and Akela Jones (picture courtesy of www.photosbyturben.com) were given trophies as the Most Valuable Performers.
"It was fantastic... I am a freshman so I'm not going to lie, it was good to win it," said Jones after being a part of the women's title efforts. "This was the first time at indoor nationals for me and I am going to be back."
Godwin and Jones were not the only Bison to make a splash. Jura Levy put her name in the record books with four career individual titles after she defended her championships in both the 60-meter dash and 200-meter dash. She becomes the eighth female to capture four career championships - the leader is Vivian Chukwuemeka of former member Azusa Pacific (Calif.) from 2002 - 05 with eight individual titles.
With seven individual titles, the Oklahoma Baptist women become the third different program to garner seven, joining Azusa Pacific and Jackson State (Miss.). Missouri Baptist landed eight titles in 2006.
In the women's distance medley relay, College of Idaho's Hillary Holt ran the last leg and brought her team back after trailing the other seven runners. The Coyotes ended up winning in 11:49.66 and took home xxx team and individual women's titles.
It was a photo finish in the women's 4x400-meter relay with Indiana Tech winning by .005 of a second with a championships record mark of 3.39.423. That championship, coupled with Shayla France's individual title in the 60meter hurdles, handed Indiana Tech their first-ever individual championship trophies. The Warriors out-lasted defending national champion Oklahoma Baptist (3.39.428) in the relay.
Nicole Bonk of Embry-Riddle (Fla.) won back-to-back championships in the 3,000-meter racewalk with a record-breaking time of 13:53.63.
On the men's side, Godwin defended his one mile run title with a mark of 4:10.84. He added another top finish in the 3,000-meters. Two relays teams, the Wayland Baptist 4x400-meter squad and Morningside (Iowa) 4x800-meter club, repeated as national champions.
The event is hosted by SPIRE Institute for the third-straight year. The official list of the 2013 All-Americans will be announced on Monday, March 4.
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Harry Gill Men's Outstanding Performer (Selected by the Games Committee)
Monte Larsen - Morningside (Iowa)
Women's Outstanding Performer (Selected by Games Committee)
Hilary Holt - College of Idaho
Men's Most Valuable Performer (based on total points scored in competition)
Adam Godwin, Oklahoma Baptist
Women's Most Valuable Performer (based on total points scored in competition)
Akela Jones, Oklahoma Baptist
Women's Coach of the Year (voted on by coaches)
Ford Mastin, Oklahoma Baptist
Men's Coach of the Year (voted on by coaches)
Ford Mastin, Oklahoma Baptist
Records broken during 2013 NAIA National Championships
• Nicole Bonk, Embry-Riddle (Fla.) - Women's 3,000-Meter Racewalk - 13:53.63 (Friday) ^
• Nick Christie, Missouri Baptist - Men's 3,000-Meter Racewalk - 11:59.73 (Friday) ^
• Jura Levy, Oklahoma Baptist - Women's 60-Meters - 7.24 (Saturday) *
• Indiana Tech - Women's 4x400-Meter Relay - 3:39.423 (Saturday) ^
• Nickola Shingles, Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.) - Men's 60-Meter Hurdles - 7.86 (Saturday) ^
• Southern Oregon - Men's Distance Medley Relay - 9:48.16 (Saturday)^
^ NAIA National Championships record
* SPIRE Institute facility record
Institutions to record first-ever national championships individual title - men's history
• Briar Cliff (Iowa) - Augustus Cowan, Triple Jump (15.12)
• Carroll (Mont.) – Easton Padden, Pole Vault (5.20 meters)
• Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.) - Nickola Shingles, 60-Meter Hurdles (7.86)
• Southern Oregon - Men's Distance Medley Relay (9:48.16)
• Valley City State (N.D.) - Darien Moore, Weight Throw (20.14 meters)
Institutions to record first-ever national championships individual title - women's history
• College of Idaho - Hillary Holt, 3,000-Meter Run (10:00.73)
• College of Idaho - Hillary Holt , One Mile Run (4:49.49)
• College of Idaho - Distance Medley Relay (11:49.66)
• Dordt (Iowa) - Katie Bonnema, 600-Meter Dash (1:31.52)
• Dordt (Iowa) - Briana Vander Woude, Pentathlon (3,751)
Individuals/Relay Teams to repeat as national champions - men's history
• Adam Godwin, Oklahoma Baptist - One Mile Run - 4:10.84
• Morningside (Iowa) - 4x800-Meter Relay - 7:33.08
• Wayland Baptist (Texas) - 4x400-Meter Relay - 3:11.12
Individuals/Relay Teams to repeat as national champions - women's history
• Nicole Bonk, Embry-Riddle (Fla.) - 3,000-Meter Racewalk - 13:53.63
• Jura Levy, Oklahoma Baptist - 60-Meter Dash - 7.24
• Jura Levy, Oklahoma Baptist - 200-Meter Dash - 23.20