Concordia University added to a spring of statewide small-college success last week. The Cavaliers' women's track team won the NAIA championship at the three-day meet in Marion, Ind.
'It just seemed like every day we had people step up and score higher than they were seeded,' says Concordia's Randy Danzell, NAIA coach of the year.
The Cav women finished with 86 points. Oklahoma Baptist was second with 69 1/2.
'I thought if things broke well we could hit 70 points, but going past 80 completely surpassed my expectations,' Dalzell says.
Kayla Xavier won the shot put and discus titles.
'I think our throwers set the tone in the first two days and the runners took up the same mindset when we got to the track,' Dalzell says. 'Kayla had an amazing meet. She not only PR'd in the shot but won the discus when she was ranked 15th coming in by throwing a season best by more than 20 feet. I have never seen someone make that kind of a jump to win a major meet.'
The Concordia men placed fifth to make the top five for the fourth year in a row.
SOFTBALL: Jackie Imhof, a senior from Benson High, pitched Oregon Tech to the NAIA title. Imhof was named MVP of the national tournament and tossed a four-hitter as the Owls (42-13) topped No. 1-ranked California Baptist (66-5) 1-0 in the championship round last week. Imhof went 25-6 with a 1.42 ERA this season, striking out 272 batters and allowing 145 hits in 211 1/3 innings. … Linfield claimed the NCAA Division III championship. The Wildcats capped a 38-12 year with a 6-2 victory over Christopher Newport of Virginia in the title game last week at Salem, Va.