Warriors reap 7 All-Americans at NAIA Indoor Nationals
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The NAIA Indoor National Championship took place this past weekend in Pittsburg, Kansas, where six male and eight female Westmont Track and Field athletes were showcased. In total, eight Warriors earned All-American honors. As a team, the Westmont women finished tied for 20th, while the men placed tied for 23rd.
Pieter Top, Jackson Nemitz, and Anthony Cota competed in the men’s heptathlon. On Day 1 of the competition, Top won the 60 meter dash with a time of 6.98 seconds. He also finished in first in the long jump giving him an early advantage in the Heptathlon. While the next two events, shot-put and high jump, were not his best (10th and 12th place respectively, Cota finished in 7th and 3rd place respectively), along with Nemitz finishing 13th and 8th respectively. The 60 meter hurdles and the pole-vault followed, and then the Heptathlon ended with the 1000 meter run. Top finished the 1000 meter in first with Nemitz a close second and Cota in 5th. Overall, Top was named an All-American finishing 2nd overall, as well as Cota who finished 3rd overall. Nemitz placed 10th.
Jacob Grant had a semifinal meet in the 1000 meter race, finishing in 11th place but did not advance to the finals, while Michael Oldach had a semifinal meet in the mile where he finished 14th, but also did not advance. Seth Wilmoth was in the finals in pole vault where he marked 4.50 meters (14ft. 9in.), tying him for 16th place.
For the women, a total of eight (Alyssa Caldera, Emily Parks, Chena Underhill, Dana Bowers, Janna and Casey Jensen, Abigail White, and Hope Geisinger) qualified for the Indoor National Championship. Caldera ran in the 600 meters, finishing 3rd in her heat to advance to the finals, where she finished 7th and received the honor of All-American. Parks ran in the 800 meters but fell short of advancing to the finals with a 9th place finish. Underhill and Bowers competed in the pole vault where they finished in 5th and 9th respectively. Bowers’ cleared 3.65 meters (11ft. and 11.75in.) and Underhill cleared 3.75 meters (12 ft. and 3.5 in.), earning her the honor of All-American. The distance medley relay saw Casey and Janna Jensen, Caldera, and Geisinger finish in 15th place which was not enough for them to advance to the final. In the 4x800 meter relay, White, Janna Jensen, Parks, and Geisinger ran a 9:19.79, finishing in 4th, which rewarded them with All-American status.
The NAIA Indoor National Championships marks the end of the indoor track season and the Warriors will now transition to the outdoor season, which begins on Mar. 22-23 with the Jim Klein Combined Events, as well as the Westmont Collegiate Classic on Mar. 24, both hosted at Westmont.