MARION, Ind. -- The four Missouri Valley College athletes who competed last week in the NAIA Championships at Marion, Ind., were unable to secure any medals.
All but one, though, finished higher than their ranking heading into the meet. Sophomore Tyler Davis was 14th on the national performance list in the long jump and 34th in the triple jump, but finished 13th in the long jump (7.07 meters) and 22nd in the triple (13.69).
Junior Jon Leonard was seeded 27th in the 110-meter high hurdles, but came in 22nd (14.86 seconds). He also met "B" qualifying standard in the decathlon, but wasn't in the top 18 to which the field was trimmed.
Junior Matt Leonard had qualified in the half-marathon, but ran the full distance at nationals and came in 23rd (2:49:16), higher than his 26th seed.
The lone Lady Viking entry was freshman Billi Pipes, who was 26th in the preliminaries of the 100-meter dash (12.88) and didn't advance.
While Shorter (Ga.) successfully defended its championship with 93 points, Oklahoma Baptist tallied 101.5 points to earn its first women's title.