MEET RECAP: 2018 NAIA Outdoor Track & Field Championships

GULF SHORES, Alabama — One race for a team title turned into a rout. The other went down to the wire.

The Wiley (Texas) men and the Southern-New Orleans (La.) women took home team titles at the 2018 NAIA Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

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Wiley (Texas) put on a clinic as it systematically dismantled the field. The Wildcats put up 53 points in the sprints alone (19 in the 200, 18 in the 100, 16 in the 400) and added 20 more in the relays to win their first outdoor team title in program history.

Indiana Tech fought valiantly, but finished a distant second with 62 points. The Warriors ended up scoring points in 10 events ranging from the 100 to the marathon.

British Columbia, last year’s team champion, totaled 51 for third place. The Thunderbirds were once again led by their distance runners as they notched 16 points in the 5000, 10 in the steeplechase and six in the 1500.

SUNO, however, waited until the final track event of the meet to claim its crown. The Knights were first across the finish line in the 4×400 relay, which gave them a two-point win (64-62) over British Columbia, which came into the meet at the top of the final USTFCCCA National Team Rankings. 

Shadae Hylton was a force for SUNO. Hylton won the 400-meter crown by nearly three seconds and clocked a 54.56 split on the third leg of the winning 4×400 relay, which extended the Knights’ lead to an insurmountable margin.

British Columbia had three scorers in both the 800 and 1500 and two in the steeplechase. The Thunderbirds also captured the 4×800 relay title by 14 seconds.

Indiana Tech kept within contact, finishing third with 59 points. The Warriors scored points in seven events, including double digits in the 100 hurdles, high jump and long jump.

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