Indiana Tech men’s track team wins NAIA championship; women’s team finishes in second

GULF SHORES, Ala. – The Indiana Tech men’s outdoor track and field team capped off the 2015-16 season in style on Saturday at Mickey Miller Blackwell Stadium with their third outdoor championship in four years as they swept both the indoor and outdoor titles.

Tech finished the meet with 86 points, 34 points ahead of Concordia (Neb.) who led with 37 after two days. The Warriors had an impressive final day by scoring 64 points for their third outdoor championship, tying them for fifth most all time in NAIA history.

Senior John Broaden won the 200 meter dash in 20.66 to give Tech its second consecutive champion in the event while he also finished fourth in the 100m with a program record time of 10.29. He would take home Most Valuable Performer honors with 35 points.

Head coach Doug Edgar, who was back in Fort Wayne to be with his wife for the birth of their fourth child, was named Coach of the Year for the third time in his career.

Freshman Gairy Springer crossed the finish line first in the 400m to give the Orange and Black their first individual champion of the day.

The 4x100m relay of Trevor Stanley, Harris Edwards III, Wayne Sherbahn and John Broaden won in 40.17, edging out Wiley by a tenth of a second.

DeShawn Woods finished second in the 100m hurdles with a time of 14.08, adding to his collection of All-American plaques in the hurdles.

Tech would close out the meet in style by winning the 4x400m relay in a time of 3:09.30 behind the team of Springer, Edwards III, Woods and Broaden.

Alain Dixon placed seventh in the triple jump with a mark of 14.68m/48-2.

The throws duo of Trevor Wright and Malik Stuart finished sixth and seventh in the shot put, respectively, with tosses of 16.79m/55-1.4 and 16.66m/54-8.25.

Edwards would finish seventh in the 200m with a time of 21.22 to close out his career with All-American honors.

In the 3000m steeplechase, Brenden Zoltek claimed All-American honors with a time of 9:23.87 as he finished in seventh.

The Indiana Tech women’s outdoor track and field team nearly made an incredible comeback at the NAIA Outdoor Championships at Mickey Miller Blackwell Stadium on Saturday as they finished second with 66 points with the championship being decided in the final event.

With no points scored in the first two days of competition, the Warriors came roaring back on the final day, with junior Brianna Woods leading the way with individual titles in the 100 (11.45) and 200 meter (23.45) dashes while anchoring the national champion 4x100m relay (45.57) and was named Most Valuable Performer of the meet. She set the school record in the 100m.

Sarah Dunmore would finish third in the 100 (11.56) and fifth in the 200m (24.50) while Patricia Thompson was fourth in the 200m with a time of 24.33. The duo, along with Woods and Tia Holmes, made up the 4x100m relay.

Ayanna Moody garnered All-American honors in the 400m as she crossed the finish line in 56.79 to finish in seventh.

In the 100m hurdles, Jaquel Taylor placed third in 14.07 while Eriona Ballard was fifth in 14.29.

Tiffany Rauch kicked off the final day with a fifth place finish in the 3000m steeplechase, crossing the finish line in 11:02.38.

The 4x400m relay, the last event of the championships, was won by Southern University of New Orleans and kept Tech was completing their comeback as they trailed Concordia (Neb.), 71-61.

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