Neeia Cooperwood and Jay Welp each earned NAIA All-America honors in Saturday’s action at the NAIA Indoor Track & Field National Championships.
Neeia Cooperwood, a senior from Omaha, Neb.; and Jay Welp, a senior from Marcus, Iowa, each earned NAIA All-America honors on Saturday at the 2015 NAIA Indoor Track & Field National Championships in Geneva, Ohio.
Cooperwood earned All-America honors in two events. She was the national runner-up in the women’s 400-meter dash and placed third in the 200-meters. Combined with a fifth place finish in Friday’s long jump, Cooperwood is a 10-time NAIA All-American during her indoor and outdoor career.
Cooperwood shattered her Morningside school record in the 400-meters when she blazed to a time of 54.70 seconds to get nudged at the finish line by Bianca Farrington of Wayland Baptist University, who finished in 54.60. Cooperwood took over a full second off her previous Mustang 400-meter standard of 56.05, which she ran in Friday’s prelims.
Cooperwood also broke her school record in the 200-meters, where her time of 24.16 seconds left her only .03 of a second out of second place behind Shayla France of Indiana Tech University. Cooperwood broke her former school record time of 24.29 at this year’s South Dakota State University Indoor Classic. Alexis Browner of Wayland Baptist finished first with a time of 23.39.
Welp earned NAIA All-America honors in an individual event for the first time in his career with a fifth place finish in the men’s 1000-meters. Welp ran a time of 2:27.95 and was nudged at the finish line by Marshall Hawn of Olivet Nazarene University, who also ran a time of 2:27.95 for fourth place. Welp finished just .47 of a second out of second place. Reigning champion Hans Roelle of Eastern Oregon University defended his title with a winning time of 2:25.62.