Gulf Shores, Ala. – The William Carey University Track & Field teams walked away from the 2017 NAIA Outdoor Track & Field National Championship with 6 All-American finishes between both squads.
The quartet of Mia Bridges (JR/Laurel, MS), Annie Cooks (SR/Quitman, MS), Charlana Donald (FR/Terry, MS), and Pamela Byrd were able to secure a 4th place finish in the women's 4x100m relay. The entered the day with the 7th best time run in prelims, however controlled the race through the first two legs when the gun went off. A tight handoff from second to third leg caused the ladies to dig deep to reel in 2 other squads down the home stretch.
For the men, Geoffrey Kipchumba (JR/Eldoret, Kenya) earned NAIA All-America honors in both the 5,000 meter and 10,000m finals at the 2017 NAIA Outdoor Track & Field National Championship. Kipchumba placed second in both races after controlling to the end.
The junior from Eldoret, Kenya, worked to defend his two consecutive national championship titles in the 25 lap, 10,000 meter final but was outkicked in the last 300 meters by Jackson Thomas of Bacone College. With his two second place finishes, Kipchumba helped William Carey men's team finish 17th at Nationals.
He concludes his junior season with a career six NAIA National Championships and eight NAIA All-American honors.
Head Coach Blake Hegstrom stated" Really proud of Geoff and the hard work he put in this year. He was able to have a lot of success both at conference and nationals. Proud of the way he raced and trained all year along with his execution in both the 5k & 10K finals."
Performance list from the 2016 NAIA Outdoor Track & Field National Championship
Women's 4x100m Relay
Women's 100 Meter
Mia Bridges – 12.06 – 18th place
Annie Cooks – 12.09 – 22nd place
Pamela Byrd – 12.79 – 27th place
Women's 200 Meter
Annie Cooks - 25.14 – 21st place
Men's 100 Meter
Justin Johnson (JR/Olive Branch, MS) - 10.64 – 20th place
Men's 200 Meter
Nate Boone (JR/Hurley, MS) – 21.83 – 26th place
Justin Johnson – 22.32 – 30th place
Men's 5,000 Meter
Geoffrey Kipchumpba – 14:41.16– 2nd place
Men's 10,000 Meter
Geoffrey Kipchumpba – 30:18.39 – 2nd place