Joel Sanders will toe the line in the men’s 800 meter run at the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) Outdoor Track and Field National Championships on Friday, May 27, 2005. The Championships will be held May 26-28 in Louisville, Ky. The preliminary race will begin on Friday at 3:30 p.m., with the finals set for Saturday at 4:50 p.m. The top six individuals in Saturday’s final will earn All-America honors. To qualify to the national championships, individuals must meet a pre-determined time in each race during the current outdoor season.
Sanders, a freshman elementary education major from Fort Wayne, Ind. (Snider High School), is seeded ninth in the national race with a time of 1:52.78. On May 7, Sanders ran that time to break Huntington College’s nine-year old school record. He also holds the school record in the men’s 4x800 meter relay with teammates Cody Hannie, David St. Louis and Ross Luckett. Sanders earned Mid-Central Conference All-Conference honors in April. This week he makes his outdoor national debut after competing in the 1000 meter run in March at the NAIA Indoor Track and Field National Championships.
The Forester track and field teams are coached by Tom King. For more information on the track program, visit www.huntington.edu/athletics/track. For real-time results of the Championships, visit www.naia.org.
The Huntington College Foresters compete in 14 intercollegiate sports for men and women. In the past eight years, Huntington has produced 52 NAIA All-America honors and 102 All-America Scholar Athlete honors.