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 g athered 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.
“It’s hard to put into words and I’m probably going to come up with a bunch of cliches,” said UBC Head Coach Laurier Primeau, who also was awarded NAIA Track and Field Coach of the Year. “All of our guys manned up and came through in the clutch.”
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.
Top-five team finishes
1. British Columbia – 71
2. Indiana Tech – 64
3. Wiley (Texas) – 57
4. Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) – 47
5. Concordia (Neb.) – 46