Neeia Cooperwood earned NAIA All-America honors for the 11th time in her Morningside career with a third place finish in the long jump at the NAIA Track & Field National Championships.
Neeia Cooperwood, a senior from Omaha, Neb., earned NAIA All-America honors with a third place finish in the women’s long jump on Friday at the 2015 NAIA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships in Gulf Shores, Ala.
Cooperwood, who earned All-America honors for the 11th time in her Morningside career, had a distance of 19-1/2 in the long jump.
Cooperwood also qualified for Saturday’s final in the 200 and 400-meters by advancing through Friday’s prelims. Cooperwood won her preliminary heat in the 200-meters with a school-record time of 23.84 seconds for the third fastest time in the field. She topped her former Mustang record time of 23.85 she ran at this year’s Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Championships. Cooperwood finished second in her preliminary heat of the 400-meters with a time of 55.44 seconds. Her time was the fifth fastest in the field.
Morningside finished ninth in the men’s 3200-meter relay to finish one place shy of All-America status. The Mustangs’ team of Eric Koithan, a senior from Mapleton, Iowa; Jay Welp, a senior from Marcus, Iowa; Jacob Willey, a junior from Onawa, Iowa; and Jacob Green, a freshman from Sioux Falls, S.D., combined for a time of 7:40.
Morningside finished 12th in the women’s 3200-meter relay with a time of 9:09.46 from the quartet of Shelby Hall, a junior from Woodbine, Iowa; Michelle Mumm, a freshman from Neola, Iowa; Tori Figge, a sophomore from Rock Rapids, Iowa; and Tiffany Shepherd, a sophomore from Corning, Iowa.
Shaun Ryan, a senior from Le Mars, Iowa, finished 13th in the men’s long jump with a distance of 22-9 3/4.
Andrew Christen, a senior from Anselmo, Neb., finished 15th in the men’s high jump with a height of 6-7.
Austin Langston, a freshman from Sioux City, finished 19th in the men’s discus with a distance of 150-11.