Biola women’s track and field place fourth in NAIA nationals

For the first time, the Biola women’s track and field team placed fourth in the NAIA indoor national championship.

Joseph DeClercq, Writer

Biola University women’s track and field finished fourth at the indoor national championship this past weekend. The Eagles finished with 40 overall points and came away with the team’s first ever fourth place trophy. This was their third-consecutive top ten finish as well as second straight year placing in the top five.

Senior, Natasha Miller, was named the meet’s Most Outstanding Player after she won her sixth individual indoor title that included a repeat as high jump champion. She won the high high jump champion by clearing 1.72m in her 10th event. She is the sixth NAIA athlete to win six or more individual titles.

Senior, Kelsey Gasner, broke school records in six of her eight events including a fourth place finish in the 1,000m. She also ran the third leg of of the distance relay that included, senior, Katie Thede, Miller, and junior, Nychele Fischetti.

The relay team earned All-America honors by placing fifth with a time of 12:02:10. This was the team’s fourth-straight time at the NAIA Championships and third-straight year earning All-America honors.

Senior, Sarah Brooks, placed ninth in the 5,000m finals and junior, Carissa Bowman, took 11th in the 3,000m.

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