BROOKINGS, S.D.—Day three of the NAIA National Indoor Championships concluded on Saturday with the McPherson College track and field teams competing in the shotput, and the finals of the 200, 400 and 4x400m relay.
Dylan Templeman got things started off in the prelims of the men's shotput. Things didn't go according to plan for Templeman as he fouled on all three attempts and didn't make the finals.
At the same time the shotput was being conducted, Amy Braimbridge was gearing up for the first of her three races on the afternoon, the finals of the 400m dash. She had the third fastest time in the nation coming into the championships, but in the prelims on Thursday she won her heat in a time of 55.49, which turned out being the second fastest qualifying time of the prelims and was a new school record. In the finals she lowered that time to 55.05 but came in second to Stacey Ann Williams of Southern University New Orleans, who won the event with a time of 53.63. Her runner-up finish also qualified her as an NAIA All-American.
A couple hours later Braimbridge was back on the track again, this time in the finals of the 200m dash. She finished third in her heat in the prelims, with a time of 24.81 and was seeded sixth in the finals. In the finals, she ran a 24.90 and finished where she was seeded. All-American status is given to competitors who finish in the top eight, so with her sixth place finish, Braimbridge earned her second All-American plaque of the championships.
The last event of the weekend for the Bulldogs was the women's 4x400m Relay. Braimbridge, Tatelyn Lasley, Diamond Blaylock-Norris and Genevie Rivera opened up the championships on Thursday by coming from behind and winning their heat, with a time of 3:55.42, guaranteeing their spot in Saturday's final. They were seeded eighth in the finals, but with a time of 3:57.00, they finished in seventh place and were rewarded with All-American status.
That seventh place finish by the relay team would turn out to be very significant for the overall team standings. With Amy's runner-up and sixth place finishes earlier in the day, the Bulldogs were sitting 26th place, with 11 points, heading into the 4x400. By finishing in seventh in the relay, they earned two points, which vaulted them into a tie for 21st place with KCAC foe, Friends University, who won the KCAC Indoor Championships two weeks earlier.
"I was very pleased with our overall performance this weekend," Bulldog head coach Robert Spies said. "Our athletes represented themselves, our program, and McPherson College well, and they competed at a very high level. As a coach, you can't ask for anything more than that. We will use this experience as a spring board for our upcoming outdoor season, as we make another run at a conference title."
Weather permitting, the first outdoor meet for the Bulldogs is scheduled for Mar. 16th at the Hutchinson Community College Invite.