Men's Outdoor Track & Field Wins Third NCCAA National Championship

Men's Outdoor Track & FIeld

Indiana Wesleyan University men's outdoor track and field won the program's third ever NCCAA National Championship on Saturday in Elgin, Illinois.

Indiana Wesleyan won the national title by 27.5 points. IWU beat runner-up Cedarville (Ohio) University by a score of 138.5-111. IWU has previously won the NCCAA title in 1994 and 2008.

The Wildcats had 12 top-three finishes in the meet and three national champions. Any individual or relay team that placed in the top-three of an event was recognized as NCCAA All-Americans.

Ehtan Naylor won a national championship in the 5,000-Meter Run in a time of 14 minutes 50.25 seconds. Naylor also broke a 30-year old school record set by current head coach John Foss. Foss set the previous record in a time of 14:50.64 in 1982.

The other two Indiana Wesleyan national championships came in field events. James Schortgen won the Hammer Throw with a toss of 188 feet 8 inches as he won by nearly 10 feet. Darrian Mikell captured the victory in the Long Jump with a leap of 22-11.75 feet. Mikell won the championship by eight inches.

Joining Schortgen and Mikell as NCCAA All-Americans in field events were four other Wildcats.

Kyle Abney broke a school record in the Shot Put with a second place toss of 57-0 feet. THe duo of Abney and James Allen earned All-American status in the Discus. Allen placed second with a mark of 149-2 feet while Abney took third place in 148-8 feet. The sixth Wildcat to earn All-American recognition in field events was Caleb King in the High Jump. His height of 6-4.75 feet earned him third place.

Eric Brown raced to a third place finish in the 800-Meter Run. His time of 1:54.83 was just .33 seconds shy of a 'B' standard for the NAIA National Championship. Andrew Albert was runner-up in the 3,000-Meter Steeplechase as he crossed the line in 9:34.22 while Andy Lipiec also earned a second place finish in the 11-Meter Hurdles with a time of 14.96 seconds.

Besides the individual All-American honor for Lipiec, he also earned the recognition in a pair of relays.

Lipiec, Jordan Easley, Mikell, and Desmond Sleigh took third place in the 4x100-Meter Relay in a time of 42.88 seconds. Lipiec, Alex Hendricks, Justin Shaffer, and Brown also claimed third place in the 4x400-Meter Relay at 3:21.49.

Jonathan Carder just missed out on All-American status in the Decathlon with a fourth place finish. But his score of 5,665 points did earn Indiana Wesleyan five points and set a new program record in the event.

Indiana Wesleyan will compete in one last qualifying meet before hosting the NAIA National Championship on May 24-26.