SNU's Sam Dech Named NAIA Academic All-American

(BETHANY,OK)--- Southern Nazarene University senior men’s outdoor track and field star, Sam Dech, was named an NAIA Academic All-American this spring the NAIA announced on Saturday. Dech was also an Academic All-American this season in cross-country and indoor track and field.

Dech, a senior from Yureka, California, earned his first NAIA Academic All-American honor this season in cross-country and track. Dech finishes his outstanding SNU career after helping to lead the Crimson Storm to the National Tournament in cross-country and indoor & outdoor track and field.

Sam was the Sooner Athletic Conference and NAIA Region VI Champion in cross-country and was also an NAIA First Team All-American. Dech then went on to claim the NAIA National Championship in the Distance Medley Relay in the Indoor Track and Field National Championships

Sam also took home second place in the Mile Run at the Indoor Nationals and claimed a 5th place finish in the 1500 Meters at the Outdoor Nationals. Sam also garnered a 7th place finish in the 4X800 Meter Relays at the Outdoor Nationals.

Dech helped lead the SNU men’s indoor track and field squad to their highest finish in school history during the indoor season, taking the Crimson Storm to a 5th place team finish.