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  • Michelle Davies | The Journal Gazette Indiana Tech graduate Courtney Dye was given her NAIA individual golf national championship ring from her coach, Kelly Mettert, on Tuesday at the Schaefer Center.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 1:00 am

Tech honors its champions

Track teams, golfer receive rings during school's annual rally

GREG JONES | The Journal Gazette

Past and present Indiana Tech athletes gathered Tuesday at the Schaefer Center to honor the accomplishments of last season, including national championships from the men's and women's indoor track teams and golfer Courtney Dye. 

The rally was used to celebrate what happened in 2016-17 and hand out awards, plaques and especially national championship rings, but it was also used to build support and momentum for this year.

Dye claimed the top spot at the 2017 NAIA women's golf national championship and became the first in program history to earn medalist honors at the event in late May in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Dye also won medalist honors at the WHAC meet by 10 strokes.

“You get there and you are not even focusing on where you are at until ... you are just focusing on your performance, and then to realize that you finally made it is a dream come true and amazing,” Dye said after the rally. “You aren't really focused on winning in the beginning; I just want to excel at my best performance and see where that gets me; that got me to winning a national championship.”

Sprinter Brianna Woods received four national championship rings, with individual outdoor titles in the 100 meters and the 400-meter relay, as well as indoor titles in the 200 and the team championship. It was the program's first national indoor title.

“It just shows a lot of dedication; it just shows a lot of motivation and a lot of fight,” Woods said of her new jewelry. “You see a lot of times that you don't always compete as you want, but at the end of the day to come out with all (these championship rings), it just shows coach (Doug Edgar) and I were doing something right. I am ecstatic about how far I have come and how hard I worked to get here, so it just feels great.”

The men's track team won the NAIA indoor title, the Warriors' fourth straight championship. The men and women teams also finished second outdoors nationally. 

“That's definitely the time when our team fully comes together, when we are one comprehensive unit,” said Trevor Stanley, who now has six national titles. “Going into every year, there are always incoming freshmen who are really good and people who didn't do as good or got injured the prior year, so you come into it with an open mind and do as well as you can.”

Dye, Woods and Stanley have all graduated.

“It is pretty cool that they allow us to come back into this,” Stanley said. “I grew up four years on this team and still have people who are the best friends on this team.”

gjones@jg.net