SEWARD, Neb. – In the final meet before the 2017 NAIA Outdoor T&F National Championships, Midland University aim to qualify additional athletes and improve upon current national standings.
Despite a valiant effort at the Concordia Twilight meet, the Warriors could not add to their current list of 10 qualifiers, but Nathan Houser continued to move up the national leaderboard.
Houser moved from eighth in the NAIA to second in the men's hammer throw with his latest school-record throw of 206' 10" to win the event.
Teammate Seth Sabata moved up the leaderboard in the hammer with a throw of 188' 11" and placed third at the meet. He ranks ninth nationally in the event. He also took third in the men's shot put with an effort of 56' 0". He has a season best of 56' 1.75" which ranks fifth in the NAIA.
Kylee Smallfoot placed second in the women's 800m with a time of 2:21.20 but failed to reach the NAIA 'B' Standard by just over five seconds. She was looking to qualify for Nationals for the second straight year but came up just short after battling back from an illness earlier in the season.
Midland will spend a week training at home before traveling to Gulf Shores, Alabama for the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. The event begins on Thursday, May 25 at Mickey Miller Blackwell Stadium.
NAIA National Qualifiers
Travis Phillips Jr.
* = Injured, will not compete
** = Will not compete in event