INDOOR TRACK & FIELD: Chargers shine at nationals; earn All-American honors
GENEVA, Ohio — The final day of the NAIA Indoor Track and Field Championships proved to be a rewarding one for the Briar Cliff track team.
Defending national triple jump champion Raheem Cowan finished second this time around, with a best bound of 15.19 meters. Cowan also earned All-American honors as part of the Chargers' fourth-place 4x400-meter relay team (Dillian Broadnax, Robert Iron Shell, Rusty Muncy), which finished a time of 3 minutes, 15.79 seconds.
In the triple, Cowan registered four jumps over 15 meters, something he had never done in indoor before. His best jump of the season coming into nationals was 15.17. After finishing the triple jump, Cowan quickly had to transition to the track, where he anchored the Cliff's relay team. The squad was ranked 11th in the nation coming into nationals, but exploded on the national scene with a school record time of 3:14.83 in the prelims.
The previous day, Muncy highlighted the Chargers' performance, clocking a new school record time of 21.98 seconds (he finished fourth in his preliminary heat).
On the women's side, Jayna Specht was sixth in her preliminary 600-meter heat and 15th overall after clocking a 1:38.54. Meanwhile, teammate Bethany DeLong was forced to withdraw from the long jump due to injury. Allison Shymkewicz and Tascha Donnelly each took a turn competing on the national stage. When the dust settled on their first-ever national appearances, Shymkewicz finished 29th in the shot put, while Donnelly ended up 30th in the triple jump.