WAVERLY, Iowa - Four short years ago, Wesley College Men's Track and Field Head Coach Stephen Kimes was rebuilding a program from scratch as he was tabbed with leading the Wolverines' track and field program. It didn't take him long to bring the program its first (and second) National Championships.
Wesley's 4x100m relay team, comprised of De'Vaughn Trader, DaJahn Lowery, Anthony Simpson, and Greg Taylor, set the pace for the day. The quartet was dominant from the opening gun, racing ahead of the pack in the first two legs and crossing the finish with a record-breaking 40.01 mark. The Wolverines' finishing time set a new NCAA Championships record and stood as the second-fastest mark ever at the Division III level.
Along with the gold medal and the National Championship, the Wolverines' relay team was granted All-American Honors as well. But the Wolverines were not finished.
Just a few hours after winning the National Championship as part of the 4x100m relay team, Wesley freshman Anthony Simpson brought home another national crown. The Baltimore, Md. native sprinted to gold in the 100m dash. Starting in the blocks in lane four, Simpson ran a 10.68 into a strong head wind to top the competition and earn the first place finish. It was far from his fastest time, but it was enough to take home the crown. His finish marked him as the national champion as well as an All-American.
The two National Championships are the first and second in program history, and just the second and third championships in Wesley athletics history. Chris Noll won the Men's Golf National Championship in the 2002 season.
With the two first place finishes combined with Trader's sixth place finish in the long jump on Thursday, Wesley amassed 23 points as a team. The mark is the team's highest point total at the National Championships in program history.