Wayland Baptist Sweeps 2018 NAIA Indoor T&F Championships


PITTSBURG, KansasWayland Baptist (Texas) swept the team titles this weekend at the 2018 NAIA Indoor Track & Field Championships in a historic way.

The Pioneer men and women, both ranked second in the final National Team Rankings, tied their respective gender’s record for most team titles won by a program with their ninth and seventh crown, respectively.

Most Indoor Team Titles – By Team

Program No. Program No.
Azusa Pacific 8 Oklahoma Baptist 7
Wayland Baptist (Texas) 8 Wayland Baptist (Texas) 7
Jackson State 6 McKendree (lll.) 4
Indiana Tech 4 Three tied 3
Three tied 3 Three tied 2

WBU’s men beat Indiana Tech by eight points (88-80) and can thank Tre Hinds and Quintaveon Poole for their major contributions.

Hinds and Poole combined for 36.5 points as the former won individual titles in the 200, 400 and ran the opening leg of the runner-up 4×400 relay, while the latter won the 600, helped the 4×800 relay to a first-place showing and also ran in the 4×400. It was also a banner day for Poole as he set a championships record with his winning time of 46.21 in the 400.

There was a bit of distance between the Pioneers and Warriors. Keiser finished third with 43 points, followed by Hastings (Neb.) with 28 in fourth.

WBU’s women cruised to the team title as they won by 31 points over Indiana Tech.

The Pioneers blazed their championship trail with five individual titles and a 4×800 relay crown. Devin Johnson doubled up in the 60 and 200, Telecia Briscoe added a victory in the 60 hurdles, Ja’lanna Williams won the 600 and Tiona Owens topped the triple jump.

The Warriors led the charge behind WBU with 69 points, as Southern-New Orleans (La.) and Friends (Kan.) finished in third and fourth with 59 and 56 points, respectively.