CEDARVILLE, Ohio – The Bethel College track & field team are coming home with a banner for the second straight weekend, as the men’s team finished off their repeat of the NCCAA Indoor National Championship, overtaking host Cedarville (Ohio) on the final day of competition to earn their sixth NCCAA national championship. The women’s team held serve with a second-place finish by a wide margin.

 

All said, the Pilots hit eight NAIA standards, seven national championship performances, 19 All-American finishes (adding 31 more All-Americans to their program history), and a men’s track and field program record on the day—to add to their five NAIA standards, four national championship performances, ten All-American performances (with 22 All-Americans), and a women’s track and field record on Day One of the meet.

 

Men’s senior Jordan Downs was named the Outstanding Indoor Athlete of the Meet—just the second in program history—after setting a program record and NCCAA Indoor National Championship record with a 5.22m pole vault and another NCCAA Indoor National Championship record with a 7.84m long jump. The coaching staff was named the Men’s Indoor Coaching Staff of the Year for the fourth time in program history.

 

MEET VITALS

  • NCCAA Indoor National Championship: Hosted by Cedarville University
  • Location: Doden Fieldhouse | Cedarville University | Cedarville, Ohio
  • NAIA National Track & Field Ratings Index: Men – No. 7 | Women – No. 16
  • Standings: Men – 1st of 15 | Women – 2ndof 14

 

NAIA STANDARDS

 

* Bethel program record

** NCCAA Indoor Championship Record

 

NATIONAL CHAMPIONS

 

ALL-AMERICAN FINISHES – WOMEN

 

ALL-AMERICAN FINISHES – MEN

 

THOUGHTS FROM COACH NATALI:

  • “Very excited for this group to be a part of our 11thNCCAA national championship. To be able to go back-to-back is amazing. I’m also excited to see our women’s team get back into the top 2. They really did great this weekend as well. It’s been a great indoor season and we look forward to NAIA Nationals in South Dakota next.”

 

UP NEXT

  • The Pilots will be traveling to Brookings, South Dakota to take on the NAIA Indoor National Championship beginning on Thursday, February 28.