Aquinas - Heiler, Bell, Sigafoose Score All-American Honors

Aquinas - Heiler, Bell, Sigafoose Score All-American Honors

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The final day of competition at the NAIA Outdoor Track & Field Championship was highlighted by the All American efforts of Abby Heiler (SR/St. Charles, Michigan), Curtis Bell (JR/Coleman, Michigan), and Adri Sigafoose (JR/McBain, Michigan). The women finished in 17th place with 18 points, while the men placed 34th with eight points.

Heiler started the day with a seventh place finish in the marathon. Despite temp's in the 80's and 90% humidity, Abby crossed the line in 3:20.31. She became the fifth women in Aquinas history to claim All-American status in the marathon. Heiler joins Melissa Pline, Emily Popma, Kaitlyn Meernik, and Carley Woolcott on this exclusive list. Also running the women's marathon was Allison Dible (SR/Grand Ledge, Michigan) (34th - 3:45:29) and Kathy Middaugh (SR/Newyago, Michigan) (35th - 3:57:36). Nicholas Tarsa (SR/Traverse City, Michigan) also competed for the Saints in the men's marathon.

Curtis Bell, now a three-time NAIA All-American, claimed National Runner-Up honors in the men's pole vault. His vault of 16-8.75 marked the third straight championships Curtis has finished first or second. Scott Berzley (SO/Grand Rapids, Michigan) also competed for the Saints in the vault and placed 11th with a vault of 15-5. Clay Wiedenhamer concluded his shot put career with a throw of 49-7.25 to place 17th.

Adri Sigafoose would add two more All-American efforts to her resume as she placed 5th in the 800 meters (2:13.02) and 7th the 1500 meters (4:33.85). Sigafoose concludes her junior year as a 15-time All American and a three-time National Champion.

Heiler summed up her experience and the trip by simply saying, "That was awesome-sauce."