NAIA Indoor Track & Field National Championships; Final Recap
March 6, 2010
Johnson City - JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - Wayland Baptist's (Texas) Kimberly Smith extended her reign in both the 60-meter dash and the 200-meter dash Saturday afternoon at the NAIA Indoor Track & Field National Championships in the MSHA/ETSU Athletic Center on the campus of East Tennessee State University.
Smith, a junior from Claredon, Jamaica, came into Saturday's finals as the apparent favorite and did not disappoint, sweeping both events and extending her 3-time reign as champion. For the 60-meter, Smith ran a personal best 7.20 and followed up with a 24.17 in the 200-meter to take home the title.
"I had an open mindset going into it," commented Smith. "I had all the confidence that I could do it, but I knew I just had to go out there and do my best. If I didn't win I would have to accept it, but I am going out there to win and that is what I did."
Smith was also named the women's outstanding performer by the championship committee.
Oklahoma Christian's (Okla.) Silas Kisorio made history Saturday in the men's mile with a new meet record of 4:03.69, surpassing the previous record of Azusa Pacific's (Calif.) Aron Rono set in 2009. Kisorio, the men's outstanding and most valuable performer for this year's championship also took first place in the 800-meter run and ran on the third place distance medley relay.
"I was trying to be as conservative as I could because I knew I had the 800-meter in an hour," said Kisorio. "I tried to conserve energy for that. After it was over, I didn't even know that I broke the record."
Oklahoma Christian's Denise Mattoon followed up her win in the women's weight throw with a title in the women's shot-put to kick-off the day's events. Mattoon's throw of 49-00 ½ was two feet further than second place.
The Simon Fraser (Canada) women bested their previous championship record in the women's distance medley relay with their time of 11:39.22. The Clan set the previous record of 11:43.08 in 2005. Simon Fraser's Jessica Smith who ran the anchor of the record-setting DMR also broke the women's 1,000-meter championship best with her time of 2:45.85.
Just as she defended her title in the women's pentathlon, Biola's (Calif.) Natasha Miller was named women's most valuable performer for the second straight year. Miller scored 31.5 out of Biola's 40 total points to lead the Eagles to a school best fourth place finish. For the meet, Miller won the pentathlon with a record setting score of 3,992 points, and had first place finishes in both the 60-meter hurdles and the high jump. She also was on the third place distance medley relay and competed in the triple jump.
For the third straight year on the women's side, the team championship was determined by a single point and the final event of the day. Oklahoma Baptist (Okla.) went head-to-head with the two-time defending champ Wayland Baptist in the 4x400 meter finals to decide the 2010 women's champion. Oklahoma Baptist crossed the line first in a time of 3:44.94 to take home the title with a final tally of 68 points. Wayland Baptist finished second with 67 points, while Simon Fraser rounded out the top three with 66 points.
Azusa Pacific took home the men's title for the fourth straight year with a final score of 71 points. Wayland Baptist finished second with a final of 56 points, while Oklahoma Baptist was third with 44 points.
Coach of the year honors on the women's side went to Ford Mastin of Oklahoma Baptist, while Kevin Reid of Azusa Pacific took home the coach of the year honors on the men's side.
For complete results of the NAIA Indoor Championship Meet, visit http://www.cfpitiming.com.