BOURBONNAIS, Ill. – The Olivet Nazarene University women’s track and field team captured second place at the 2014 National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) Indoor Track and Field National Championships held in the Field House of the Perry Center on Feb. 21-22. The Tigers had sat in third place most of the event, but used a second place finish the final event of the meet, the 4x400m relay, to jump into the second place spot. Sophomore Amy Blucker (Galesburg, Ill.) who captured individual titles in the shot put and the weight throw was named the women’s Field Athlete of the Meet.
Blucker set a new NCCAA Indoor record and Field House record with her 17.60m (57-09.00) to claim the national championship in the weight throw on the opening night. She followed that up the next day with a new Field House record in the shot put, throwing 13.78m (45-02.50) to also claim that national championship.
The Tigers finished the event with a team total of 94 points, behind Shorter University (Ga.). Rounding out the top five were Bethel College (Ind.) with 92.5, Indiana Wesleyan University with 78 and Azusa Pacific University with 77.50. Shorter’s victory game them back-to-back national championships.
Earning individual NCCAA All-American honors were freshman Laura D’Angelo (McHenry, Ill.) with her second place finish in the 400m (59.06), freshman Sarah Ray (Warsaw, Ind.) with a third place finish in the 3000m (10:26.82) and senior Rachel Carman (Keokuk, Iowa) in the long jump (5.54m/ 18-02.25).
Three Tiger relay teams earned All-American status with their performances. The 4x200m team of D’Angelo, Taneka Lawson (Toledo, Ohio), Alex Ortiz (Ottawa, Ill.) and Kamaria Goedhart (Rochester, Minn.) took second place with a time of 1:42.95. The distance medley relay team of senior Christy Trank (Winnegago, Ill.), freshman Karley Brown (Lees Summit, Mo.), Carman and Ray crossed the line in 12:22.75, good enough for third place.
Entering the final event of the meet, the 4x400m relay, the Tigers were slightly behind Bethel College in the overall standings. The relay team of D’Angelo, sophomore Peyton Kirkland (Lindenhurst, Ill.), Ortiz and Goedhart put together a 3:57.57 time to finish second and move the Tigers into second place overall.
Olivet will return to action on March 6-8 at the NAIA Indoor Track and Field National Championships held at the Spire Center in Geneva, Ohio.
Complete results here