Four Programs Earn Top 5 Finishes at 2018 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships

Four Programs Earn Top 5 Finishes at 2018 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships


INDIANAPOLIS — The three-day 2018 NCAA Division II Men's and Women's Outdoor Track and Field Championships at the Irwin Belk Complex in Charlotte, N.C. on the campus of Johnson C. Smith University has concluded. The Ashland Eagle men finished runner up with 51 points just ahead of the Tiffin men with 50 points. Grand Valley State's women's program finished fourth with 40.5 points, while the men's team finished fifth with 39 points.

The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conferece earned 54 First Team All-America honorees as attained by those who finished inside the Top 8 of each event along with four event titles.

Tiffin graduate senior James Ngandu took home the men's 10K national championship in his final meet with a 29:19.91 showing to better the GVSU duo of Zach Panning and Chris May in second and third, respectively. Ashland's Myles Pringle earned the top spot at the podium with a time of 45.35 in the men's 400 dash to earn his fourth consecutive national title in the event.

GVSU standout Zach Panning hoisted the national title after he set a blazing pace of 14:00.69 in the men's 5,000 meter race to outkick his teammate Enael Woldemichael in second and Tiffin's Ngandu in fourth. The final national champions from the GLIAC came from the Ashand 4x400 men's relay consisting of Channing Phillips, Trevor Bassitt, T.J. Elliott, Myles Pringle who put together a time of 3:07.66 to earn the top prize.

The following individuals have achieved First Team All-America status as Top 8 finishers:

M. 10,000 METER: James Ngandu - TU, 29:19.91, National Champion; Zach Panning - GVSU, 29:26.23, 2nd; Chris May - GVSU, 30:04.25, 3rd
Ellianne Kimes - GVSU, 3.85m, 6th; Lucy Buckholz, GVSU, 3.75m, 8th
W. HAMMER THROW: MacKenzie Leigh - AU, 59.96m, 5th; Natalie Helenthal - AU, 58.16m, 6th
M. HIGH JUMP: Myles Pringle - AU, 2.15m, 2nd; Cameron Burrows - TU, 2.12m, 4th
M. LONG JUMP: Vincent Vogel - TU, 7.47m, 7th; Mason Phillips - NU, 7.46m, 8th
M. DISCUS THROW: Alex Hill - AU, 54.96m, 4th; Justin Scavarda - GVSU, 52.47m, 8th
M. HAMMER THROW: Alex Hill - AU, 62.76m, 3rd; Nick Zak - AU, 62.05m, 4th; Cody Stilwell - FSU, 61.88m, 5th
M. DECATHLON: Andrew Mudd - SVSU, 7314, 2nd
W. SHOT PUT: Megan Tomei - AU, 15.54m, 4th
M. POLE VAULT: Jacob Battani - GVSU, 5.18m, 3rd
M. TRIPLE JUMP: Jalon Monigan - TU, 15.70m, 3rd
M. 4x100 RELAY: Tiffin (Duane Boyd, Michael King, Jonte Baker, Reginald Thomas) - 39.83, 2nd
W. 4x100 RELAY: Grand Valley State (Nicole Sreenan, Angela Ritter, Jessica Eby, Willow Stuedemann) - 44.93m, 2nd
W. 1500 METER: Allie Ludge - GVSU, 4:25.78, 7th
W. 100 HURDLES: Karrington Seals - WSU, 13.59, 6th
M. 400 METER: Myles Pringle - AU, 45.35, National Champion
W. 400 METER: Chant'e Roberts - GVSU, 59.19, 8th
M. 100 DASH: Jonte Baker - TU, 10.36, 5th; Reginald Thomas - TU, 10.54, 7th
W. 800 METER: Rachael Walters - GVSU, 2:04.48, 2nd
W. 400 HURDLES: Heather Johnson - GVSU, 59.45, 4th; Jessica Eby - GVSU, 1:00.76, 7th
M. 200 DASH: Myles Pringle - AU, 21.28, 8th
M. 5000 METER: Zach Panning - GVSU, 14:00.69, National Champion; Enael Woldemichael - GVSU, 14:03.00, 2nd; James Ngandu - TU, 14:04.85, 4th
W. 5000 METER: Hanna Groeber - GVSU, 17:00.77, 8th
M 4x400 RELAY: Ashland (Channing Phillips, Trevor Bassitt, T.J. Elliott, Myles Pringle) - 3:07.66, National Champions
W. 4x400 RELAY: Grand Valley State (Nicole Sreenan , Angela Ritter , Heather Johnson , Rachael Walters) - 3:37.61, 2nd
M. SHOT PUT: Nikolas Curtiss - TU, 18.75m, 2nd; Elijah Talk - AU, 18.31m, 3rd
W. DISCUS THROW: Mary Hecksel - GVSU, 49.19m, 7th

A total of 95 entries from the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) earned a spot in the national meet.

MEN (60): Ashland 13, Ferris State 1, Grand Valley State 16, Northwood 10, Saginaw Valley 4, Tiffin 16

WOMEN (35): Ashland 6, Grand Valley State 23, Michigan Tech 1, Northern Michigan 4, Wayne State 1