British Columbia, Wayland Baptist (Texas) Win NAIA Team Titles

GULF SHORES, Ala. – The British Columbia men and the Wayland Baptist (Texas) women captured team titles at the 2017 NAIA Outdoor Track & Field Championships this past weekend in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

Look below for recaps of the meet courtesy of NAIA Communications.

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Men’s Recap

Three days of competition are now in the books and a new national champion has been crowned in NAIA Men’s Outdoor Track & Field. British Columbia gathered 71 total points to take home its first-ever team title to Canada. The Thunderbirds finished seven points ahead of runner-up Indiana Tech after competing over the past three days. For the fourth-straight season, the national championships have been held in Gulf Shores, Ala., at the Mickey Miller Blackwell Stadium.  

For the Thunderbirds, John Gay ran away with the men’s steeplechase national title for the second-straight season. Gay hit a time of 9:12.14 in 2017 to maintain his title in the event. Other than in the steeplechase, the Thunderbirds captured the title in the men’s 4x800m relay. The quad of Thunderbirds captured a time of 7:33.45 to claim British Columbia’s first-ever title in the event.

At the awards ceremony with the Thunderbirds being handed the 2017 red banner, other awards were given out to deserving individuals from the meet. The 2017 Men’s Coach of the Year went to Laruier Primeau from British Columbia. The meet’s Men’s Most Outstanding Performer saw Moriba Morain of Wiley (Texas) claim the title, while Jackson Thomas (Bacone) and Goabaone Mosheleketi (Lindsey Wilson)  both were named Most Valuable Performers.

Women’s Recap

After three full days of competition and with all national champions crowned in individual events, the Pioneers of Wayland Baptist (Texas) claim their second national title in three year and fourth all-time. The Pioneers gathered 75 points to take the red banner back to Texas, earning 19 points more than the runner-up spot claimed by Indiana Tech with 56 points. For the fourth-straight season, the NAIA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships have been held in Gulf Shores, Ala., at the Mickey Miller Blackwell Stadium.

Telecia Briscoe was the lone individual national champion for the Pioneers as she claimed the women’s 100m hurdles title with a time of 13.7. This was Briscoe’s first individual title at the outdoor championships, as she helped lead her Wayland Baptist squad to another national title.

At the awards ceremony with the Pioneers being handed the 2017 red banner, other awards were given out to deserving individuals from the meet. The 2017 Women’s Coach of the Year went to Brian Whitlock from Wayland Baptist. The meet’s Women’s Most Outstanding Performer saw Marissa Dewispelare of Doane (Neb.) claim the title, while Becky Collier of Westmont (Calif.) earned the most individual points to take home the meet’s Most Valuable Performance award.