Baker, Lincoln (Mo.) take home national track honors

05/27/2013 1:31 PM

05/27/2013 1:31 PM

Baker’s Jeremy Gathright became his school’s first NAIA individual champion with a first-place finish in the 400 meters last weekend at the outdoor track and field championships in Marion, Ind. He also took second in the triple jump and eighth in the long jump. The Wildcats’ women finished sixth and the men finished 11th.

In other NAIA men’s events, Baker’s Aaron Caldwell was fourth in the marathon and Cody Viergever was sixth in the javelin. Central Methodist’s Jordan Coaxum, Derek Freeman, Cameron Blanton and Marcus Lavergne were eighth in the 400-meter relay.

In women’s events, Baker’s Tyler Sloan was third in the 100 and 400 hurdles and the Wildcats’ Diamond Griffith, Khadijah Lane, Lauren Allen-Brown and Sloan were fifth in the 400-meter relay; Katie Thurbon tied for second in the pole vault; Kayla Hannam was eighth in the triple jump; and Lauren Breithaupt was sixth in the 5,000-meter racewalk. Park’s Lindsey McDonald was fifth in the marathon.

Indiana Tech swept the men’s and women’s NAIA titles.

At the NCAA Division II championships last weekend in Pueblo, Colo., Lincoln University’s women finished third and the men finished sixth. The Pittsburg State men tied for seventh and the women finished 17th. The Emporia State men were 15th and the Central Missouri women finished 22nd.

In men’s events, Lincoln’s Sabiel Anderson won the 110- and 400-meter hurdles, the 400-meter relay team of Devin Hill, Romel Lewis, Michael Ashley and Sabiel Anderson was third and Lewis was fifth in the 100.

Central Missouri’s Brent Vogel was third in the decathlon, Kellin Loch was third in the 800 and Chris Swearingin was eighth in the javelin.

Pittsburg State’s Marquise Cushon was second in the triple jump, Jeff Piepenbrink was fourth in the pole valult and Keenan Soles was fifth in the long jump and the Gorillas’ 400 relay team of Jason Crow, Keenan Soles, Greg Wright and Kyle Utsey finished seventh.

Emporia State’s 400 relay team of Derwin Hall, Vincent Howze, Andrew Etheridge and Shjuan Richardson was fifth, Andrew Etheridge was sixth in the 110 hurdles and Marcus Calleja was tied for seventh in the high jump.

Missouri Southern’s Dustin Green was fifth in the discus.

In women’s events, Lincoln’s 1,600-meter relay team of Lovan Palmer, Twishana Williams, Yanique Haye and Michelle Cumberbatch finished second, the 400 relay team of Anna-Kay James, Cardine Copeland, Yanique Ellington and Jenea Johnson was fifth, Sheri Kaye Campbell was third in the high jump and sixth in the triple jump, Cumberbatch was second and Haye was third in the 400 hurdles, Palmer was fifth in the 400 and 800, Williams was sixth in the 1,500 and and Ellington was sixth and Copeland was seventh in the 100.

Pittsburg State’s Larissa Richards was second in the discus; Fort Hays State’s Makayla McPhail was second in the javelin and Emporia State’s Carmen King was third in the long jump.

Central Missouri’s Zoe Sharplin was third in the heptathlon and Brooke Swearingin was third in the discus.

Missouri Southern’s Kaylee Morgan was fifth in the long jump and Brittani Reagan was seventh in the triple jump and eighth in the long jump.

Pittsburg State’s Larissa Richards was fourth in the shot put and Amber Kloster was eighth in the javelin.

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