GULF SHORES, Ala. – (Complete results) Concordia (Ore.) made history on Thursday at the Mickey Miller Blackwell Stadium and Gulf Shores Sports Complex during the first day of the 2014 NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships.
The Cavaliers’ trio of Darien Moore, Adam Riddle and Nate Moses swept the top three spots in the men’s hammer throw, earning 24 team points and becoming the first men’s team to sweep the top three positions in any event. The only other team to sweep the top three spots in NAIA Outdoor Track and Field history was former member Simon Fraser (B.C.) in the women’s 800m in 2010.
In the women’s hammer throw, Reta Woodard of Embry-Riddle (Florida) defended her 2013 title, winning the event with a throw of 55.46m (181-11). Hastings’ (Neb.) teammates, McKayla Gowen and Jennifer Maag, took second and third in the event with throws of 54.82m and 84.12m, respectively.
The third NAIA All-Americans to be crowned on day one were in the women’s pole vault which was decided on a tiebreaker as the top six all cleared 3.70m (12-01.50). Stephanie Techler of Southern Oregon claimed the crown as she needed just one attempt to clear the winning height. Kate Carr of Bethel (Ind.) took second, missing on her first attempt at 3.70, but was perfect at the previous two heights. Shelby Yelden of Concordia (Neb.) and Taylor Tepper of Bethel tied for third as both missed on their first attempts at 3.55 and 3.70 before clearing on their second attempts.
Elizabeth King of Concordia (Neb. took home the women’s javelin national championship with a toss of 50.19m (164-08) with Concordia’s (Ore.) Emma Buchholz (25.57m) taking second and Joelle Swanson from Oregon Tech taking third with a distance of 44.78m.
In the men’s javelin, Wiley’s (Texas) John Ampomah missed the national championship record by .04m, winning the event by two full meters with a toss of 74.42m (244-02), the first individual national champion for the Wildcats. Andy White took second for British Columbia with a throw of 72.35m while Benedictine’s (Kan.) Lindon Victor (66.29m) took third.
The last field event of the day was the women’s long jump which was won by Akela Jones of Oklahoma Baptist, the defending national champion. She won the event on her second jump with a distance of 6.55m (21-6), which is .20m further than her title jump last season. Karen Hutson of Northwestern (Iowa) took second with a jump of 5.82m and Indiana Tech’s Stacia Murray took third with a jump of 5.67m.
The last women’s final of day one was the 10,000m race and British Columbia took first and second as Jackie Regan topped the field in 35:58.82 followed by teammate Amelie de Fenoyl (36:01.97). Kate Bouvatte from Cal State San Marcos took third, just 26 seconds behind Fenoyl, finishing in 36:27.44.
In the men’s decathlon, Maurice Strickland of Cal State San Marcos, set a new decathlon championship record in the 400m, finishing in 48.00, besting Jim Wooding’s (Indiana (Pa.)) time of 48.14 set in 1977. Strickland is currently fifth with 3,621 points. Kale Wolken of Doane leads the field with 3,922 points, 74 points better than second-place, Astu Nyamadi (3848) of Wiley. In third is Austin Basterrecha of College of Idaho with 3,713 points, while Lindon Victor (3,656) of Benedictine (Kan.) rounds out the top five.
On the women’s side, Brittany Green of Cornerstone (Mich.) leads the field with 3,289 points with Karen Hutson of Northwestern (Iowa) in second with 3,141 points. Erin DeVries of Doane is third with 3,034 total points while Westmont’s (Calif.) Becky Collier (2,986) and Concordia’s (Neb.) Lydia Pomerenke (2,733) round out the top five.
After three events scored, Concordia (Ore.) currently leads the men’s championship with 29 points with Oklahoma City in second with 14 and St. Francis (Ill.) with 11 to round out the top three. On the women’s side, British Columbia holds the lead with 23 points over Bethel (Ind.) at 20.5. Concordia (Neb.) is in third with 16.5 points, just ahead of fourth place Hastings (Neb.) with 15.5.
Day two of the 63rd Annual NAIA Men’s and 34th Annual NAIA Women’s Outdoor Track and Field National Championships begins with the men’s decathlon at 9:30 a.m. with the women to follow at 10:30 a.m. The field events kick off with the women’s shot put and the men’s long jump at 1 p.m. with the track events beginning at 3:30 p.m. with the women’s 100m hurdles.
Records broken during 2014 NAIA National Championships
• Maurice Strickland, Cal State San Marcos – Men’s decathlon 400m – 48.00 (Thursday)
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