Concordia women claim NAIA track-and-field title

by: COURTESY OF CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY The Concordia Cavaliers celebrate their NAIA women's track and field title Saturday at Marion, Ind.

Concordia University won the NAIA women's track and field championship Saturday at Mario, Ind.

The Cavaliers totaled 86 points. Oklahoma Baptist was second with 69 1/2.

The Cavs had the title wrapped up before the final event, the 1,600-meter relay, which was delayed by nearly two hours by lightning.

Concordia's women had 13 All-American performances, with Kayla Xavier, a junior from Modesto, Calif., winning the women's shot put and discus.

The Cavaliers had three women place second - junior Aria Nojima (Central Catholic High) in the javelin, junior Emily Redmayne-Titley (Aloha High) in the discus and senior Andria Scheese (Oregon City High) in the 1,500.

Five Concordia women set individual school records in the three-day national meet: Xavier in the shot (51 1 3/4), Scheese (4:28.36), senior Catherine Sims (De La Salle North Catholic High) in the 400 (54.91), junior Junia Limage (Fort Vancouver High, Mt. Hood Community College) in the 800 (2:09.75) and senior Dominique Jacoy in the heptathlon (4,390 points).

Sims was third in the 400, and Limage took third in the 800. Also third was sophomore Gabriella Dixson in the shot.

The Cavaliers also got a school mark in the 1,600 relay, clocking 3:46.16.

Concordia's men took fifth place with 35 points, as they cracked the top five for the fourth year in a row. Shorter (Rome, Ga.) won the men's title with 66 points, edging Doane (Crete, Neb.), which had 59 points, and Oklahoma Baptist, with 48. Then came Wayland Baptist (Plainview, Texas) with 42 points. Fresno Pacific (30) was sixth.

Shorter, which has applied to move up to NCAA Division II, was third in the women's standings with 63 points.

The Concordia men had one second-place finisher, two thirds, a fourth and a fifth.

Tim Wyland, a junior from Umatilla, was the runner-up in the javelin.

Branko Djuricic was third in the triple jump. A junior from Serbia, he set a school record of 50-4 1/2.

Jesse Staub, a junior from Wilsonville High, earned third place in the javelin.

In the men's shot, junior Eric Whalen from La Salle High was fourth with a school-recrord 55-8 1/2.

Cory Pena, a junior from Kodiak, Alaska, placed fifth in the 800.

The Cav men had one other school record, as senior Chris Wilson from Odessa, Texas ran 14.62 in the 110-meter hurdles.