War Hawks Men Have Strong Day 1 at NCCAA Championships
WINONA LAKE, Indiana —
The McMurry University men’s team sits in fifth place after day one of the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Grace College’s Bernard and Linnie Key Track and Field Complex. However, the War Hawks are well within striking distance of the top spot, as just four points separate the top five teams after the first day of competition.
McM claimed a pair of national champions on Thursday and both came from freshmen. Kabren Wills cleared a height of 4.80 meters to win the pole vault. Wills made his winning vault on his second-to-last attempt of the day to earn his first outdoor title.
In the triple jump, Sean Germany had a career-best leap of 14.55 meters to grab the gold. Teammate Logan Guidroz was seventh with an effort of 12.87 meters.
In the men’s discus, Krystofer Campos picked up team points with a seventh-place toss of 43.44 meters. Liandro Balderas was 14th at 42.27 meters.
On the track, McM sent several competitors through preliminaries to Friday’s finals. In the 400 meters, Aaron Webb (50.17) and Michael Limones (50.36) were sixth and seventh, respectively, in qualifying. McMurry’s Gordon Hampton advanced in both the 110 meter hurdles (16.27) and the 400-meter hurdles (57.66).
In the 100-meter dash, Zachary Burt posted a time of 11.16 seconds to qualify eighth. Teammate Tanner Wright, coming back from a leg injury suffered in the fall, ran an 11.26 as the ninth place qualifier. Burt also placed 12th in the 200 meters.
The War Hawks amassed 24 team points on day one. Campbellsville University and Roberts Wesleyan University are tied for first with 28 points. Bethel College and Greenville University sit in a tie for third with 25 points.
“We had two huge national championship wins today with Sean and Kabren,” McM head coach Brad Parris said. “Their performances really pumped up our guys and enabled our team to have a really solid first day. I fully expect this momentum to continue (Friday).”