GULF SHORES, Ala. – Three Foresters were among the hundreds of track and field athletes competing at the 2014 NAIA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Mickey Miller Blackwell Stadium in Gulf Shores (Ala.) May 22-24.
Making her debut at nationals, sophomore Krista Wood shaved nearly six seconds off her PR in the 3,000 meter steeplechase in Thursday’s prelims by clocking in at 11:10.46 to advance to the finals on Saturday where she claimed 13th place overall, two spots higher than her original seeding, with a time of 11:36.15. The Waterville (Ohio) native currently holds the HU record in the steeplechase.
Joining Wood in the 3,000 meter steeplechase was freshman Christine Sparks. She crossed the line in 12:16.84 to finish 32nd overall. For Sparks, it was her second trip to Nationals. The Bloomington (Ind.) native ran in the NAIA Indoor Championships earlier this spring where she claimed 13th in the 1,000 meters in 3:03.12.
Daniel DeBoni made his first appearance on the national stage. The speedster from Goshen (Ind.) represented HU in the 100 and 200 meter dashes where he finished 26th in both events by posting times of 10.84 and 22.29 respectively. DeBoni is the fastest Foresters in program history, holding the record in both sprints.
Indiana Tech successfully defended their men's and women’s championship. The Warriors become the 11th different school to sweep the team championships.
The Tech men scored 105 points for a 12-point victory. Wayland Baptist was runner-up with 93 points while Concordia (Ore.) finished 3rd with 87 points.
On the women’s side, the title came down to the last event of the championship where the Warriors won the 4x400 meter relay to defeat Oklahoma Baptist, 102-101. British Columbia wasn’t far behind, scoring 95 points to claim 3rd.