Junior Ethan Gallagher finished 7th in the 3000 meter run, breaking the school record and earned all-American status
(L to R: Ty'Rel Fields, Rey Keys, Ross Johnson, Sam Willis) finished 6th in the 4x400 meter relay, breaking the school record and earning all-American status
GENEVA , Ohio. — Head Coach Mike McDowell and the 2013 ONU men’s track and field team enjoyed a weekend they will never forget. The Tigers placed 13th at the NAIA Indoor National Championships, the best finish in program history. ONU finished with 18 overall points and broke two school records while placing 13 individuals on the All-American team.
Oklahoma Baptist University won the event (86.5 points), and Wayland Baptist finished second (70 points). The nationals were held at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio, on February 28 through March 2.
Two school records were broken. Junior Ethan Gallagher (Parsippany, N.J.) took sixth in the 3000 meter run (8:24.66) and broke his own school record set earlier this year. The 4x400 meter relay team of sophomore Sam Willis (Freeport, Ill.), junior Ross Johnson (Newton, Ill.), junior Rey Keys (Matteson, Ill.) and senior Ty’Rel Fields (Huntsville, Ala.) finished sixth with a time of 3:16.64, breaking their own school record set earlier in 2013.
The 4x800 meter relay team of junior Brian Willoughby (Elkhart, Ind.), sophomore David Powers (Security, Colo.), sophomore Marshall Hawn (Goshen, Ind.) and senior Nicholas Mizeur (Moline, Ill.) took seventh with a time of 7:46.82.
Sophomore Elisha DeRamus (Harvey, Ill.) competed in two events, finishing 19th in the triple jump (13.68m) and fifth in the long jump (7.06m). Freshman Delano Harris-Samuels (Bourbonnais, Ill.) finished eighth in the long jump (6.92m).
More top performances in the field included: sophomore Lucas Limberg (Rockford, Ill.) finished 11th in the high jump with a mark of 1.98m; freshman Conner Stroud (Manteno, Ill.) also took 11th in the high jump (1.98m). In the pole vault, sophomore Brian Michell (Reed City, Mich.) finished sixth (4.90m), and sophomore Isaac Austin (Indianapolis, Ind.) took 13th (4.60m).
Senior Joe Reisinger (Georgetown, Ill.) finished seventh in the shot put (16.73m), and freshman Jacob Armbrust (Metamora, Ill.) finished 15th (14.80m).
The list of All-Americans includes: Ethan Gallagher; the entire 4x400 and 4x800 meter relay teams; Joe Reisinger; Brian Michell; Elisha DeRamus; and Delano Harris-Samuels.
ONU will begin the outdoor season on April 6 at the Chicagolands hosted by the University of Chicago (Ill.).