Morningside athletes earned NAIA All-America honors with place winning efforts in the men’s and women’s 3200-meter relays at the NAIA Indoor Track & Field National Championships.
Morningside College placed in the top eight of the men’s and women’s 3200-meter relays during Friday’s action at the 2016 NAIA Indoor Track & Field National Championships in Johnson City, Tenn.
Both relay teams earned NAIA All-America recognition by placing in the top eight at the national meet.
Morningside placed seventh in the men’s 3200-meter relay final with a time of 7:58.60 from Kyle Hiser, a junior from Shenandoah, Iowa; Jacob Willey, a senior from Onawa, Iowa; Drew Schiltz, a junior from Hinton, Iowa; and Jacob Green, a sophomore from Sioux Falls, S.D.
The Mustangs’ women’s 3200-meter relay quartet of Morgan Applegarth, a freshman from Lincoln, Neb.; Tori Figge, a junior from Rock Rapids, Iowa; Shelby Hall, a senior from Woodbine, Iowa; and Michelle Mumm, a sophomore from Neola, Iowa, finished eighth in the finals with a time of 9:23.68 to finish just .02 of a second out of seventh place behind Olivet Nazarene University.
Morningside had four athletes compete in Friday’s individual events.
Willey just missed qualifying for Saturday’s final in the men’s 600-meters when he had the ninth fastest time in the prelims with a time of 1:20.81. He missed the finals by .04 of a second behind C.J. Muller of Concordia University, who was the eighth finalist with a time of 1:20.77.
Elizabeth Bohlmann, a sophomore from Sioux City, finished 10th in the women’s long jump with a distance of 17-7.
Green finished 17th in the men’s 1000-meter prelims with a time of 2:36.36.
Eleka Joseph, a sophomore from Saint John’s, Antigua, finished 17th in the women’s 60-meter dash prelims with a time of 7.83 seconds.