Hickerson wins NCCAA javelin title on day one

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – Grace celebrated its first day hosting the NCCAA Track and Field National Championships with an individual champion.

Thomas Hickerson claimed the NCCAA javelin title, clearing 162-feet-6 to win the national championship at the Bernard and Linnie Key Track and Field Complex.

Hickerson is the first individual NCCAA champion for Grace since 2010 and only the eighth time Grace has won an event at NCCAA Nationals.

Emily Anderson just missed All-American honors with a fourth-place showing as a freshman, throwing 110-2 for fourth place in the javelin.

Karla Singer ended up fifth in the NCCAA in the 10,000-meter race when she crossed the finish line in 41:46.52.

The men’s 4×800 relay team of Brady Willard, Jonathan Balda, Brendan Hamilton and Sam Hall picked up a fourth-place finish in a time of 7:54.12.

Isaiah Zeller placed seventh in the nation in the pole vault when he cleared 13-9.35, and Brooke Treadway was also seventh in the discus with a personal-best throw of 118-10.

Additionally, Martin Schiele won his prelim leg of the 200 race and qualified for Friday’s final race, and he also advanced to the finals of the 100 dash.

The championships will conclude on Friday with events running from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.