Morningside College won the NAIA National Championship in the men's 3200-meter relay at the 2013 NAIA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships at Indiana Wesleyan University Track in Marion, Indiana.
The Mustangs' quartet of Jay Welp, a sophomore from Marcus, Iowa; Taylor Chapman, a junior from Spencer, Iowa; John Harris, a senior from Holstein, Iowa; and Monte Larsen (pictured), a graduate student from Neola, Iowa, blazed to a school-record time of 7:26.33 to finish just .20 off the NAIA national meet record and shatter the former Morningside standard of 7:38.64 they ran at this year's Drake Relays.
Oklahoma Baptist University, the NAIA regular season leader with a time of 7:31.48 at the Drake Relays, finished over two seconds behind the victorious Mustangs with a time of 7:28.62.
Welp, Chapman, Harris, and Larsen also won the NAIA National Championship in the 3200-meter relay during the indoor season.
Courtesy: Morninside Sports Information
Raheem Cowan became Briar Cliff's second-ever and first male multiple national champion as he claimed the triple jump title at the 2013 NAIA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, in Marion, Indiana. Cowan, who also won this year's indoor crown, jumped 50-00.75, 2.25 inches farther than the runner-up, Jeremy Gathright, from Baker.
A year ago, as a freshman, Cowan finished third at outdoor nationals. This time, he was joined in the event by two other members of the Cliff's jump squad; Brandon Lindsey and Cory Hollamon. Lindsey finished 14th in the triple, while Hollamon end up 16th, up four spots from where he finished a year ago. Lindsey's top mark of the day was 46-08.00, while Hollamon's best bound was 46-04.75.
As a program, the Charger men produced one national champion (Cowan) and two all-Americans (Cowan and senior Clay Pagels). Pagels tied for eighth in the high jump.
On the women's side, a day after earning all-American honors in the shot put at the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, in Marion, Ind., Tara Cockerill finished 13th in the discus with a toss of 138-08.
The performance wrapped up a sensational senior season and career for Cockerill, who set numerous school records and became a multi all-American.
Courtesy: BCU Sports Information
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