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2014-02-22 Tigers finish as NCCAA Indoor National Runner-Up
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Junior Marshall Hawn helped the distance medley team to a first-place finish and came in fourth in the 800-meter run this weekend

Tigers finish as NCCAA Indoor National Runner-Up

Author: Nick Birkey
Posted: Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 8:30 AM

BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — The Olivet Nazarene University track and field teams hosted the NCCAA Indoor National Championship on Feb. 21-22 in Perry Student Life and Recreation Center. This great weekend of competition marked the teams’ first time to host a national meet.

The men’s track and field team finished second with 115 points, only second to Shorter University (Ga.) (165), as the NCCAA Indoor National Runner-Up. Azusa Pacific University (Calif.) came in third (78), Cedarville University (Ohio) finished fourth (75), and Indiana Wesleyan University scored 66 points for fifth.

The Tigers captured three titles during the weekend, led by the distance medley team that finished in 10 minutes, 8.57 seconds, winning by over eight seconds. The team was made of junior Marshall Hawn (Goshen, Ind.), freshman Matthew Chupp (Mahomet, Ill.), senior Brian Willoughby (Elkhart, Ind.) and senior Ethan Gallagher (Parsippany, N.J.). The team unofficially broke the NCCAA record.

Freshman Zach Gordon (Carol Stream, Ill.) won the long jump event with a mark of 7.28 meters, edging eight other athletes in the finals, including teammate Elisha DeRamus (Harvey, Ill.), who came in second (7.13 meters). DeRamus did some damage himself, winning the triple jump with a mark of 14.53 meters and breaking the school record.

On the track the Tigers had plenty of great performances. Junior Jared Carl (Galesburg, Ill.) finished ninth in the 200-meter dash (22.65), and senior Ty’rel Fields (Hunstville, Ala.) finished sixth out 28 runners in the 400 with a time of 50.21.  Marshall Hawn continued his outstanding weekend with a fourth place finish in the 800 (1:57.73). Senior Mitchell Dale (Rochester Hills, Mich.) outran 16 others to place fourth in the one-mile run, coming in at 4:27.33.

In addition to the distance medley relay, the 4x800 meter relay team finished second with a time of 8:05.23. Junior David Powers (Security, Colo.), sophomore Isaiah Fink (Ypsilanti, Mich.), junior Joel Lynn (Naperville, Ill.) and Matthew Chupp ran in the race.

The Tigers’ other field accomplishments include junior Lucas Limberg (Rockford, Ill.), who finished second in the high jump with a mark of 1.98 meters. Junior Brian Michell (Reed City, Mich.) finished second in the pole vault clearing the mark of 4.95 meters in the finals, beating 16 other jumpers. Sophomore Jacob Armbrust (Metamora, Ill.) finished second in the shot put with a throw of 15.61 meters and Christopher Aschemann (Carterville, Ill.) came in third (14.87 meters). Senior Seth Wonch (Olathe, Kan.) finished fifth in the weight throw with a mark of 15.16 meters.

ONU will be back in action Thursday through Saturday, March 6-8, at the NAIA Indoor National Meet in Geneva, Ohio (Spire Institute).