Claim NCAA Div. III Track & Field National Event Titles
May 31, 2005
WAVERLY, Iowa --- Two ASC track and field athletes made their No. 1 national event rankings stand up, leaving the 2005 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships with national titles in hand.
McMurry senior thrower Cody Brotherton won his second NCAA Division III outdoor shot put title with a stadium record 60-feet, 4¾-inches toss. Brotherton bettered the old Walston-Hoover Stadium record of 57-2¾. It is Brotherton's third consecutive national shot put title with the 2005 NCAA Div. III indoor shot put title (59-2¾) sandwiched between the 2004 and 2005 outdoor titles. Brotherton previously swept the NCAA-III indoor and outdoor shot put titles in 2003. Brotherton closed his career collecting his third outdoor track and field All-America citation.
Howard Payne freshman Greg Nixon claimed the 200-meter dash title in a winning 20.96 second time. Nixon also finished third in the 100m dash finals (10.66 seconds) to earn a pair of All-America awards in his first NCAA national competition. Nixon posted the top 200m time in the preliminaries (21.29 seconds).
McMurry freshman sprinter Kelvin Figgs picked-up the conference's fourth men's All-America award with a fifth-place finish in the 110m hurdles. Figgs ran a 14.56 second time. Figgs becomes McMurry's first freshman since Darcell Edwards in 2001 to win All-America honors during the NCAA era and is believed to be the first ever freshman All-American on the men's side.
ASC competitors finaled in only two events in the women's national championship meet. The Texas Lutheran women's 4x100-meter relay team of Samara Williams, Taffey Gray, Ashley Williams and Amber Meeks finished sixth in 48.20 seconds. The finish earned the foursome All-America honors -- the first women's All-America track and field citations for TLU. Sophomore Rachel Rothermel of McMurry placed eighth in the discus throw (138-1) to claim All-America status.
Howard Payne tied for 17th-place in the men's championship (16 points), bettering ASC champion McMurry by two points (19th-place tie, 14 pts.). On the women's side, Texas Lutheran (3 pts.) tied for 55th and McMurry (1 pt.) tied at 67th.
2005 NCAA DIVISION III OUTDOOR TRACK AND FIELD
INDIVIDUAL MEN'S RESULTS
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