Changing poles, toughing out an injury and a touch of controversy all went into an NAIA championship pole-vaulting finish Saturday for Igor Morales, a junior from Indiana Tech.
Morales was searching for the right feel in instrument. “I was working hard on my technique,” he said. Meanwhile, he nursed a pulled groin he said he suffered during the competition.
Fresno Pacific’s Ethan Dejongh was visibly disappointed after the men’s triple jump finals.
Despite winning the event with a jump that measured 16.13 meters, Dejongh’s final jump was in contention to break the NAIA record when his toe slipped over the white line nullifying his final jump.
Throwing the shot put 18.47 meters, and setting a new personal record, Concordia Oregon’s Eric Whalen won today’s Men’s Shot Put event. Max Perry from Southern Oregon placed second with 17.77 meters.
Fifteen contenders went toe-to-toe in 10 different events Thursday and Friday to test their ability to perform as well-rounded track-and-field athletes. Overall, Robbie Haynie from Eastern Oregon took first place for the decathlon, fulfilling expectations that he would win
When the bar was raised to 2.13 meters in the men’s high jump finals, only four athletes were left standing. David Army and Herb Gary of Indiana Tech, Robbie Haynie of Eastern Oregon and Derrick Toney of McPherson all made the final flight by clearing the
The blistering 82 degree heat couldn’t keep Hastings’ Ronnie Taylor from claiming the Men’s Long Jump crown.
After facing some difficulties in the finals Taylor was able to out jump his competitors by a measurement of 7.87 meters. Surprisingly Taylor was unhappy with his final measurement.