KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Here are the official qualifiers for the 2016 NAIA Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track & Field National Championships, which will take place from March 3-5 in Johnson City, Tenn.
The announcement for the 51st annual men’s and 36th seasonal women’s competition was made by the national office last Friday.
Meanwhile, for the first time since 2010, the NAIA Indoor national championships will be staged in Johnson City.
Prior to this return, the David E. Walker Track at Gentry Field served as the hosting facility for the event from 2001-2010.
“The NAIA is excited to renew its partnership with the Johnson City Convention and Visitors’ Bureau,” said Jim Carr, NAIA President and CEO.
“Johnson City has served as a first-class national championship destination for indoor track and field in the past, and we are confident that the future will only surpass that reputation.
“Our student-athletes deserve to have an experience that they will remember for a lifetime and we are confident that the Johnson City Convention and Visitors’ Bureau will continue to offer that to them.”
The action gets going on March 3 at 1:00 p.m. EST with the first event of the women’s Pentathlon, while the men’s Heptathlon goes off at 1:30 p.m.
Running events on day one of the championships gets underway at 4:00 p.m. with the women’s 5,000m semi-finals.
The championships will close out on Saturday, March 5 with some 30 finals, including the men’s and women’s 4x400m relay final.
With title holders Oklahoma Baptist no longer a member of the NAIA, there will be a new women’s champion crowned this year.
Indiana Tech which was edged out by the Bison last year and for the third straight season, will start as one of the favorites to land the women’s title this term.
In the meantime, Indiana Tech which repeated as national champions last year on the men’s side comes in this season hoping for another successful campaign.
2016 NAIA Indoor Track & Field National Championships Information.
Stretch Internet, the NAIA’s official video streaming company, will be live streaming the 2016 NAIA Indoor national championships and all its sessions throughout the entire three days. Paid access can be purchased for $14.95. For more information, click here.
For the schedule of events, click here