Mon, Feb. 20, 2012 - [Track & Field M&W]
A select group of the Emmanuel College track team traveled to Cedarville, Ohio this past weekend to compete at the 2012 NCCAA Indoor National Championship. The first-year program continues to set the bar higher and higher by bringing home its first four All-American champions—the men's 4x800m relay team.
"This trip was a great learning experience for us. Being a first-year program, it allowed us to see what the NCCAA offers as far as a competitive level and depth. As we continue to build this team centered on honoring Christ first and foremost, this trip was perfect on many levels," said Coach Larios
. "We were surrounded by so many teams that share our mission, and they were highly competitive too."
The men's 4x800m team consisted of four freshmen: Carson Massey, Ethan Alexander, Maurice Riden, and Leonel Ayala. The young Lions dominated their event with a 7:56.15, winning by over six seconds. The Lions just narrowly missed the NCCAA record that was set by Bryan College in 2008.
Their result surpassed the NAIA's "A" qualifying standard for the 4x800m relay, earning these four freshmen the right to compete at the NAIA Indoor Nationals in two weeks. Currently, the young relay team has the 14th fastest time in the NAIA.
"I was really excited for these boys," continued Larios. "Running this relay for the first time this season gives them a glimpse at their progression with their training. Cross country and the short indoor season are just a preparation for the more grueling outdoor season, which requires more demanding phases of training."
Ben Moon was the only other national scorer as he finished 8th in the pole vault event with a jump of 14'-.05".
Other solid performances were David Rogers season best 53.17 in the 400m and Anna Greenway's season best 23:18 in the women's 5K.
Aside from the 4x800m relay team competing in the NAIA's Indoor Championship in Geneva, OH during March 1-3, the remainder of the team will be off until next month's University of North Carolina-Charlotte's 49 Classic.
Above footage of actual race at NCCAA Nationals in Cedarville, OH.