SNU Men's Distance Medley Relay Team Wins National Title

SNU Finishes 5th in the Nation

(JOHNSON CITY, TN)---The Crimson Storm men's track and field squads Distance Medley Relay team of Sam Dech, Alex Dech, Derek Lane, Clay Schubert and Dustin Vasquez claimed the NAIA National Championship in the Distance Medley Relay on Saturday in Johnson City, Tennessee.

The team posted a time of 10:06.51 to win the title. SNU was in third place after the preliminaries yesterday. The National Championship becomes the first National Title for the Dech brothers, Lane, Schubert, and Vasquez.

In the pole vault competition, SNU's Thomas Brooks claimed 10th place with a height of 4.55 meters (14-11.00). SNU's Jon-Erik Beelby did not register a height.

Due to an injury the day before in his second place finish in the long jump, SNU's Jamal Hepburn was not able to compete in the triple jump, an event he has won a National Title in before.

In other events from the day, SNU's Sam Dech barely lost out on his second National Title, coming in second in the Mile Run. Dech finished with a time of 4:14.76, just behind the winner of the Mile Run, David Rotich of Spring Arbor who won the event with a time of 4:14.71.

As a team the Crimson Storm finished with their best finish in school history, claiming 5th in the final standings. Below are the final team standings.

1) Azusa Pacific University - 75
2) Lindenwood Univ. (MO) - 47.33
3) Oklahoma Baptist Univ. - 47
4) Spring Arbor University - 36
5) Southern Nazarene University - 26
6) Wayland Baptist University - 24
7) Concordia (NE) - 22.33
8) Simon Fraser Univ (BC) - 20
8) Huston-Tillotson College - 20
10) Black Hills St Univ (SD) - 19
11) Dickinson State University - 18
11) MidAmerica Nazarene University - 18
13) Southwestern College (KS) - 16
13) Univ. of Sioux Falls - 16
15) Malone College (OH) - 14
15) Central Methodist (MO) - 14
15) Southern Univ New Orleans - 14
18) University of Mary (ND) - 12
19) Midland Luthern Coll (NE) - 11.33
20) Minot State Univ (ND) - 11
21) Cumberland College (KY) - 10
21) Fresno Pacific University - 10
21) Berry College (GA) - 10
21) Oregon Institute of Techn - 10
21) Claflin University (SC) - 10
21) Xavier University (LA) - 10
21) Dana College (NE) - 10
28) Bethel College (IN) - 9
28) Aquinas College (MI) - 9
30) Biola University (CA) - 8
31) Doane College (NE) - 7
32) Dakota Wesleyan Univ (SD) - 6
32) Vanguard University (CA) - 6
32) Siena Heights Univ. (MI) - 6
32) Cornerstone Univ (MI) - 6
32) William Jewell College - 6
32) Cedarville University (OH) - 6
38) Hastings College (NE) - 4
38) Olivet Nazarene Universit - 4
38) Eastern Oregon University - 4
38) Tri-State University (IN) - 4
42) Jamestown College (ND) - 3
43) Graceland University - 2
43) Milligan College (TN) - 2
43) McKendree College (IL) - 2
43) Langston University (OK) - 2
47) Tabor College (KS) - 1
47) Paul Quinn College (TX) - 1
47) Goshen College - 1
47) Northwood University (TX) - 1

For complete SNU results from Saturday, click here.