WAVERLY, Iowa - The Wesley College Men's and Women's Track and Field teams were represented well on the first day of the NCAA Division III National Championships, including two top-three finishes from a pair of relay teams and a sixth place individual finish.
De'Vaughn Trader posted one of the highlights of the first day of competition, finishing sixth overall in the long jump. The senior earned the Wolverines three points with his sixth place finish, leaping 7.14m. The mark was near to Trader's best of the season (7.20m) and helped him earn All-American honors in the event.
In the 4x400m relay, the men's team of Vicco Bedell, Nick Stenderowicz, Carlton Sheppard, and DaJahn Lowery finished in 3:12.93 in the preliminaries. The quartet finished third in their heat, but missed qualifying for the finals by 0.16 seconds.
Wesley's best finish of the day was posted by the men's 4x100m relay team, made up of Anthony Simpson, Trader, Lowery, and Greg Taylor. The foursome posted the fastest time in the event by any Division III competitor this season, crossing the finish in 40.54 to take first place in the preliminaries and secure a spot in the finals on Saturday.
On the women's side, the 4x100m relay team of Elizsha Streeter, Angel Hall, Quadira Minus, and Briana Artis ran to a 14th place finish in the preliminaries. Their finishing time of 47.88 left them 0.54 seconds short of the qualifying time for Saturday's finals.
The quartet rebounded in the 4x400m relay when they finished second in their heat and third overall, posting a time of 3:45.02 to earn a qualifying spot in Saturday's finals. The mark was their fastest of the season, cutting more than three seconds off of their previous best time this year.