MARION, Ind. -- The Hammer Throw was a highly successful event for Indiana Wesleyan University at the first day of competition at the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships in Marion, Indiana.
The Wildcats earned an All-American honor in each the men's and women's Hammer Throw competition. Victoria Lee earned her second straight NAIA national runner-up finish with a toss of 179 feet 11 inches while James Schortgen claimed his first All-American honor with a fifth place finish after a throw of 191-7.
Andy Lipiec and Jake Smith each competed in the trials of the 110-Meter Hurdles. Lipiec earned the 11th fasted time and advanced to the semifinals with a PR time of 14.49 seconds. Smith also ran very well but his freshman season came to a close as he did not move on with a time of 14.97 seconds. Lipiec will next run on Friday at 1 p.m. in the semifinals. If Lipiec advances out of that round, the finals would be later that afternoon at 4:40 p.m.
Kyla Morgan finished four of the seven events today in the Heptathlon. Morgan currently sits ninth place in the 15 contestant field but is right in the hunt for All-American honors. She earned 2,538 points today in the 100-Meter Dash, High Jump, Shot Put, and 200-Meter Dash. Morgan is just 20 points behind eighth place for an All-American spot and less than 100 points out of fifth position.
Both 4x800-Meter Relay teams competed in the trials today for the Wildcats but neither would advance to the finals. The women's team was seventh in their heat in a time of 9:32.65 and missed qualification by nine seconds. The men's team took fifth in their heat at 7:50.83 and missed advancing to the finals of the event by five seconds.
Five Wildcats compete in five events on the second day of the meet on Friday. Morgan finishes the heptathlon at 10:30 a.m., Lipiec has the hurdles semifinals at 1 p.m. (finals at 4 p.m.), Darrian Mikell competes in the Long Jump at 1 p.m., James Allen is in the Discus at 5 p.m., and Mikell and Nick Brown take part in the High Jump at 6 p.m.