Gulf Shores, Ala. – The Mount Vernon Nazarene University men's and women's track and field teams sent eight qualifiers to the 2017 NAIA Outdoor Track and Field Championships this past weekend in Gulf Shores, Ala.
Makenzie McKirgan represented the Lady Cougars in the women's marathon, finishing in 3:42:19, good for 25th place.
On the men's side, Joey McDonald and Mitchell Soviak competed in field events while Brennan Crawford and the relay team of Carl Jones Jr., Makai Lewis, Connor Whitaker, and Brandon Brown ran for the Cougars.
McDonald finished in 22nd place in the men's discus with a throw of 45.64m. Soviak finished 23rd in the men's shot put with a 13.49m throw.
The men's relay team of Jones Jr., Lewis, Whitaker, and Brown competed in the 4x100m race, finishing 20th overall with a time of 43.34. Crawford competed in the men's marathon but did not finish.
Head coach Chip Wilson had this to say about MVNU's time in Gulf Shores: "This was a fantastic opportunity to compete at the highest level nationally, and it was definitely a great experience for our young qualifiers. Our 6 sophomores and 3 freshman will build on this for the future, and also share this experience with other team members. I am very proud of the effort and the way our team members represented the MVNU. I look forward to the continued building of this track program and the impact we can make on our campus community and those around us."