Cedarville, OH—On Feb. 11 and 12, the Men’s and Women’s Track and Field teams competed in the NCCAA National Championships in Cedarville, Oh. The women finished second, whereas the men finished fourth.
For the women, two athletes won individual national championships. Senior, Kayla Kunkel, won the 400m with a time of 59.95, and junior, Madison Kauffman, won the Weight Throw with a distance 16.40m. They also had nine individuals named All-Americans at the event. MarKalah Barnes was named an All-American for her performance in the Shot Put with a distance of 12.44 which placed her second. Rylin Bagarus was named an All-American in two events, the Long Jump and the 60m Hurdles, she placed third in each event respectively. Michelle Moraitis earned her All-American honor with a 1:00.45 in the 400m, only being beat by teammate and fellow All-American Kayla Kunkel. Madison Kauffman was named an All-American for her performance in the Weight Throw. Lastly, the relay team of Haley Wimmer, Diamond Taher, Emma Cougill, and Megan Cooper were named All-Americans in the 4x800m Relay with a time of 10:20.26.
On the flipside, the men also had two individual national champions. Freshman, Brennen Bargesser, won the 400m with a time of 49.52, and senior, Elisha Fleming won the Heptathlon with a score of 4,657 points. Both champions were also named All-Americans at the event. They were joined alongside three other athletes that were named All-Americans. Anthony Duvendack placed second in the Long Jump with a distance of 6.62m. Richard Parker was named an All-American in the Shot Put with a distance of 15.24m which put him in second place in the event. Lastly, Ryan Trick was named an All-American in the Pole Vault with a height of 4.70m which placed him second.
For more information on Women’s Track and Field visit https://www.bupilots.com/sport/womens-indoor-track-field, and visit https://www.bupilots.com/sport/mens-indoor-track-field for more information about the Men’s Track and Field team.