Mon, May. 7, 2012 - [Track & Field M&W]
Joilet, IL-- After a long season of hard work, a select group from the Emmanuel College track team respectfully competed in the NCCAA National Championships in Joliet, Illinois. Despite the "windy city" living up to its name, the EC Lions ran with a reputation to uphold. The three-day event was hosted by Judson College at Memorial Stadium May 3-5th.
Leading off the Lions was Junior Ben Moon in the pole vault and freshman Lindsey Taylor in high jump. Ben Moon no-heighted in the pole vault but is focused for next year. Lindsey Taylor, despite the pain of serious shin splints, jumped a height of 4'11", placing 7th in her event.
Later in the afternoon, Junior Andrea Langley ran her personal best in the 10,000m. She ran a taxing race of 25 laps, shaving off a whole two minutes and two seconds off of her previous personal record. She finished 6th in 41:18.
Finishing off the day was the men's 4x800 team consisting of four freshmen: Ethan Alexander, Carson Massey, Maurice Riden, and Leonel Ayala. The young lions finished out with the school record of 7:49.86., seven seconds faster than their Indoor National Championship performance of 7:56.15. The young Lions not only set a school record, but they respectfully finished third place, earning the title of NCCAA All-Americans.
The following day, competing in the 1500m was freshman Leonel Ayala, Maurice Riden, and Ethan Alexander. Leading the Lions was Leonel Ayala, running a time of 4:04, followed by Ethan Alexander & Maurice Riden. This would be the last event of the year for these freshmen.
Finishing off the final day for the Lions was freshman Carson Massey in the 800m. He placed 5th overall with a time of 1:56.13. Massey's performance was another lifetime personal best achievement.
"What a great trip to end the season. We came back with four more All-American accolades. The 4x800m relay team performed admirably against a tougher NCCAA field. The other Lions all competed very well too. Coach Hall and I were honored to have worked with our teams this year," praised Coach Larios. "We were really happy with the blessings from the hard work. We set a high standard and next year will more than likely see a variety of NAIA qualifiers and NCCAA All-Americans."
Full results for the 2012 NCCAA Track Championships can be found here: http://www.directathletics.com/results/track/26433.html
The Lions will now take a couple weeks off before they begin their summer training for next year's cross country season.