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Saturday, May 26, 2018 10:10 pm

NAIA Track Championships

NAIA track: Tech men 2nd; women 3rd


The Indiana Tech's men's track team finished its season with a second-place finish at the NAIA Outdoor National Championships on Saturday in Gulf Shores, Alabama. The Warriors' women's team finished third in the same event.

Tech's men scored a total of 62 points, 30 behind national champion Wiley College.

"Blood, dirt, sweat, and tears this men's team fought to the finish," Tech coach Doug Edgar wrote on Twitter. "This group will be back. The return to rings is coming."

The best events for the Warriors' men were the shot put and the 100 meters. In the throwing event, senior Malik Stuart finished second with an 18.37-meter toss, while junior Nathan Riley had a 16.99-meter throw that landed him in ninth place. He missed an All-American spot by .01 meters.

In the 100, Tech had two finishers in the Top 5, with junior Kejavon Moore finishing in third at 10.53 seconds and sophomore Matt Lockridge posting a 10.63 to take fifth. The pair was also part of a 400-meter relay team that finished second in 40.22 seconds, just .05 behind Wiley.

Freshman Bill Williamson finished second in the pole vault with a 5.00-meter vault, behind only Aquinas senior Curtis Bell, who vaulted 5.05 meters.

The women's team took third place overall, but was much closer to the top than the men's group. Only five points separated the Warriors from national champions Southern-New Orleans. Tech had 59 points, while runner-up British Columbia had 62.

The Warriors had the most success in the 100 hurdles, in which sophomore Leondra Correia finished second in 14.27 seconds and Shakirah Allen took fourth in 14.37, accounting for 13 of Tech's points in the final tally.

Tech's women's team matched the men with a strong run in the 400-meter relay, finishing third in 46.40 seconds with a team of three freshmen and a junior. The junior in that group, Ayanna Moody, also took third in the 400, finishing in 55.19 seconds.

"With so many things that didn't break our way, (our) ladies did an amazing job to pull out a 3rd place national finish," Edgar wrote on Twitter. "I appreciate this effort and place as much as any championship we won."