Kosmos Claims NAIA Championship
Johnson City, TN - The Doane College Track & Field program got day one off to a great start at the NAIA Indoor Track & Field Meet held in Johnson City, Tenn. The Tigers received two record performances in the relays and strong efforts in the multi-events.
Katie Kosmos of Lincoln was crowned the champion of the women's pentathlon Friday afternoon. Kosmos scored 3,849 points, a new school record, to claim the first championship of the 2007 NAIA Indoor Championships. She collected first place finishes in three events: the high jump, long jump and 800 meter run. Kosmos was victorious by 299 points and broke her own school record set in January.
Teammate Dani Nott of Dannebrog finished fourth in the pentathlon with 3,274 points. Nott was in seventh place with two events left but made up ground with a mark of 16-09.75 in the long jump. She ran a time of 2:24.83 in the 800 meter run to give the Tigers two finishers in the Top 4 as they sit atop the first day standings with 14 team points. Azusa Pacific also scored 14 points in the pentathlon and is tied with Doane in the team standings.
In the men's heptathlon, the first-year event in the NAIA, Forrest Gregory of Bellevue posted 2,835 points and currently sits in first place after four events. Cody Ingold of Bellevue currently sits in ninth place with 2,439 points. Three events remain and will take place on Friday: 60 meter hurdles, pole vault and 1,000 meter run.
The men's 1,600 meter relay team set a school record in the preliminary races with a time of 3:13.40, breaking the mark set last year at the NAIA Indoor meet. The team of Jess Wimmer, Lance Foster, Joel Bacon and Greg Torres formed the record-breaking quadruplet, the same runners as last year. The team currently sits in third place heading into the finals on Saturday afternoon.
The women's distance medley relay team broke the school record for the second time this season with a time of 12:17.35. The record once stood for 12 years. The quadruplet of Ashley Noel, Liz Prigge, Ellie Windle and Kym Bennett currently sit in fifth place heading into the finals on Saturday afternoon.
Events taking place on the first day of the meet were the prelims of each relay race, the women's pentathlon and four events of the men's heptathlon.