MARION, Ind. -- Indiana Wesleyan University men's and women's outdoor track and field doubled their All-Americans on Friday at the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships being held on campus in Marion, Indiana.
Earning top-eight in their finals to score points and earn the NAIA All-American honor were Kyla Morgan in the Women's Heptathlon and Darrian Mikell in the Men's Long Jump.
Morgan entered the final three events of the Heptathlon today in ninth place and after the Long Jump and Javelin she was 10th. But her time of 2:29 in the 800-Meter Run vaulted her into the final All-American spot in eight place. Her final point total was 4,267 points.
Mikell entered the Men's Long Jump as the 14th seed but left the national championship fifth overall. His giant leap of 24 feet 0.5 inches put him near the top of the field for four points for Indiana Wesleyan. The All-American honor is the second straight for Mikell in the Long Jump.
Mikell joined Nick Brown in the Men's High Jump near the end of the day. Mikell was unsuccessful in clearing the opening height of 6-6. Brown cleared the height in his third attempt but was unsuccessful in clearing 6-8. Neither Wildcat scored in the event.
James Allen also competed on Friday in the field. Allen threw in the Men's Discus event in the evening hours. Allen's best throw 149-4 feet and he did not advance to the finals.
On the track, Andy Lipiec advanced out of trials on Thursday to compete in the semifinals of the 110-Meter Hurdles. Lipiec ran a time of 14.79 seconds. Lipiec had the 13th best time in the semifinals but did not advance to tomorrow's finals.
With 12 events scored in the women's meet, Indiana Wesleyan is currently 20th place with nine points. The men are also in 20th place with eight points.
Saturday will be the third and final day of the 2012 NAIA Track and Field National Championships. Four Wildcats will be in competition on the final day and they are: Kyle Abney at 1 p.m. in the Men's Shot Put, Stephanie Colter at 2 p.m. in the Women's High Jump, Kayla Ewert at 2 p.m. in the Women's 3,000-Meter Steeplechase, and Paige Smith at 3 p.m. in the Women's Discus.