Indiana Tech Men, Wayland Baptist Women Capture NAIA Indoor T&F National Titles
Champions were crowned at the 2019 NAIA Indoor Track & Field Championships!
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Indiana Tech prevailed in a highly-competitive battle for the men’s team title, while Wayland Baptist (Texas) captured the women’s team title and proved itself to be the most acclaimed program in NAIA history.
Indiana Tech had a six-point lead over eventual runner-up Wayland Baptist (Texas) entering the 4×400 relay. If the Warriors finished no worse than fifth, they’d be assured of at least a share of their fifth national title in the past six years – but Barthelemy Peter, Kejavon Moore, Gairy Springer and Qadir Muhammad made sure it would be theirs alone.
It was the Pioneers who won the event title, but Muhammad gave Indiana Tech the outright national title by holding off a trio of competitors on the anchor leg. Muhammad crossed the finish line in 3:10.09, one second ahead of both Keiser (Fla.) and MidAmerica Nazarene.
The final score read: Indiana Tech 56, Wayland Baptist 52. The four-point spread was the slimmest margin of victory at the meet in the past eight years (Shorter (Ga.) topped WBU by three points in 2011).
Keiser (Fla.) finished third in the team standings with 42 points, while Cumberlands (Ky.) and Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) were locked in a fourth-place tie with 35 points.
Wayland Baptist ran away with the women’s team title for the second year in a row.
One year after winning the national title by 31 points, the Pioneers posted an 83-point total, 20 more than runner-up Southern-New Orleans (La.).
What is most impressive about WBU’s victory is that it set a new standard of excellence in the division. The Pioneers entered the meet tied with Oklahoma Baptist for the most indoor team titles in NAIA history (7). But that crown now also belongs to WBU following a dominant effort.
Indiana Tech finished third in the team standings with 54 points, while Doane (Neb.) took fourth place with 32 points.