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2013-05-04 DeRamus jumps his way into record books as Tigers finish third at NCCAA Outdoor Nationals
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Elisha DeRamus broke school records and qualified in the triple jump on Saturday

DeRamus jumps his way into record books as Tigers finish third at NCCAA Outdoor Nationals

Author: Nick Birkey
Posted: Sunday, May 05, 2013 at 4:45 PM

JOLIET, Ill. — In one of the strongest fields the NCCAA has assembled, the Olivet Nazarene University men’s track and field team placed third of 23 teams in the Outdoor National Meet on May 2 to 4, 2013. The Tigers scored 76.50 points en route to the top three finish. They had a strong day, breaking two school records. Three Tigers qualified for the NAIA Outdoor National Meet in only three weeks.   

Azusa Pacific University (Calif.) won the event (207), McMurry University (Tex.) took second (97), and Indiana Wesleyan University finished fourth (72.50).

Sophomore Elisha DeRamus (Harvey, Ill.) won the long jump while breaking the school record (7.19m). He also broke the school record for the triple jump, set in 1991, with a leap of 14.66m, qualifying him for the NAIA national meet. He was named a two-time all-American for his first place finish in the long jump and second place finish in the triple jump.

In the pole vault, Brian Michell (Reed City, Mich.) and Isaac Austin (Indianapolis, Ind.) each jumped 4.17m to qualify for the NAIA Outdoor meet. They were also named all-Americans for placing in the top three for the event. Lucas Limberg (Rockford, Ill.) finished third in the high jump with a mark of 2.00m, granting him all-American status.

On the track, senior Ty’rel Fields (Huntsville, Ala.) finished fifth in the 400 meter dash (49.10). Junior Brian Willoughby (Elkhart, Ind.) came in ninth in the 1500 meter run with a time of 4:03.68. Sophomore Dylan Creger (Almont, Mich.) finished sixth in the 5000 meter run with a time of 15:17.42. Sophomore Ian Lofgren (Rockford, Ill.) finished eighth in the 3000m steeplechase with a time of 10:07.07.

In the field, freshman Delano Harris-Samuels (Bourbonnais, Ill.) finished fourth (7.02m) in the long jump.  Senior Joe Reisinger (Georgetown, Ill.) came in fifth in the shot put with a mark of 16.45m, and he also finished sixth in the hammer throw (47.69m). Jacob Armbrust (Metamora, Ill.) took seventh in the shot put (15.42m) and sixth in the discus (46.25m).

Following the meet, the NCCAA named these Tigers as 2013 outdoor men's track scholar-athletes: Kyle Boone, (Dixon, Ill.)James Fisher (Wales, Mich.); Matthew Kearney (Marion, Iowa); Matthew Logan (Dixon, Ill.); Sam Pimpo (Antioch, Ill.); Jesse Stanford (Bolingbrook, Ill.); Daniel Wells (Danville, Ill.). 

ONU will be back in action on Thursday through Saturday, May 9 through 11, at the Dr. Keeler Invite hosted by North Central College in Naperville, Ill.