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2014-03-08 Zach Gordon crowned national champion as Tigers place 13th at NAIA Indoor National Championships
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Freshman Zach Gordon (R) became the long jump national champion at the NAIA Indoor National Championship this weekend, pictured with assistant coach Danny Bowman (L)

Zach Gordon crowned national champion as Tigers place 13th at NAIA Indoor National Championships

Author: Nick Birkey
Posted: Sunday, March 09, 2014 at 12:38 PM
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Senior Ethan Gallagher (L) finished third in the 5K to earn All-American honors at this weekend's NAIA Indoor National Championship, pictured with assistant coach Kyle Rago (R)

GENEVA, Ohio — Freshman Zach Gordon (Carol Stream, Ill.) capped off the first of four indoor seasons with the Olivet Nazarene University track and field team in exciting fashion.He was crowned the long jump national champion with a finals leap of 7.51 meters at the NAIA Indoor National Championships in Geneva, Ohio, at the Spire Institute, March 6 to 8. He was also among four Tigers to garner All-American honors during the meet and help lead ONU to a 13th place finish out of 49 teams.

Senior All-American Ethan Gallagher (Parsippany, N.J.) finished third in the 5K with the time of 14:38.27, only .74 seconds behind the champion. This was his second straight year for earning All-American honors; in 2013, he placed sixth in the 3K.

Junior Brian Michell (Reed City, Mich.) earned All-American status by placing fifth in the pole vault with a finals mark of 4.90 meters. He was a sixth-place All-American finisher last year, besting his finish by one place this year.

Sophomore Elisha DeRamus (Harvey, Ill.) came in sixth (14.55 meters) in the triple jump to earn All-American honors, beating his 2013 finish (19) by 13 spots. He also competed in the long jump at the national meet.

In addition to the All-American finishes, senior Ty’rel Fields (Hunstville, Ala.) finished 12th out of 20 runners in the 400 meter dash with a time of 48.90, breaking his own school record. Senior Mitchell Dale (Rochester Hills, Mich.) (8:55.59) and sophomore Ron Milbocker (Whitmore Lakes, Mich.) (8:57.32) came in 14th and 15th, respectively, in the 3K.

The Tigers’ 4x800 meter relay team finished 14th in preliminaries with a time of 7:51.21. The team was junior Marshall Hawn (Goshen, Ind.), junior David Powers (Security, Colo.), senior Brian Willoughby (Elkhart, Ind.) and sophomore Isaiah Fink (Ypsilanti, Mich.).

The Tigers’ other field accomplishments included junior Lucas Limberg (Rockford, Ill.), who finished ninth in the high jump with a mark of 2.00 meters. Sophomore Jacob Armbrust (Metamora, Ill.) finished ninth in the shot put with a throw of 16.12 meters.

ONU will be back in action to begin the outdoor season on Friday and Saturday, March 28 and 29, for the Washington University (Mo.) Invite in St. Louis, Mo.

Results: http://www.naia.org/fls/27900/1NAIA/SportsInfo/Championships/2014IndoorTrack/FinalResults.html?&DB_OEM_ID=27900