Spring Arbor Men - 4X400 RELAY EARNS ALL-AMERICAN STATUS AT NAIA CHAMPIONSHIPS
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PITTSBURG, Kan. – On the third and final day of the 2018 NAIA Indoor Track & Field National Championships, Spring Arbor University added All-American honors in the men's 4x400 meter relay with its sixth place finish.
For the second time in three days, the quartet of Joe VandePol, Max Whittredge, Jeremy Goodson and Austin Hickerson turned in a record breaking performance in the event. The Cougars finished second in their heat with a program-best time of 3:15.28 – more than 1.5 seconds faster than their effort from Thursday.
Spring Arbor closed out the national meet with six All-Americans. In addition to VandePol, Whittredge, Goodson and Hickerson in the 4x400, senior Bethany Kuenzer and junior Katrina Tovar received the honor Friday in the pole vault.
"What an incredible NAIA National Championship for the Cougars," said Jeremy Smith, Director of Track & Field. "Of the five races run in by SAU, three were new SAU school records and four were lifetime-personal-best times! Then you add to that, two new school records from Bethany and Katrina in the pole vault, tying with 12' 1.5" vaults. Of seven Cougars competing, six came home All-Americans! Amen!"
Smith added, "It was a truly wonderful experience that honored God and caught the attention of a lot of coaches and athletes from around the nation. I'm thankful for the way our Cougars gave God their best and encouraged each other and those around them. It was a wonderful time of celebration for our athletes and coaches who sacrifice so much day in and day out in preparation for this great opportunity. We are so thankful our athletes had such great victories on the track and in the field. Praise God!"
Wayland Baptist University swept the team titles. The WBU men posted 88 points, edging Indiana Tech by eight points, while its women's team ran away from the competition with 100 points.
The meet signaled the end of the indoor season. The Cougars will begin their outdoor campaign at the Coastal Carolina Invitational, hosted by Coastal Carolina University, on Mar. 9-10 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.