Junior shot putter Paul Davis unleashed one of the nation’s top efforts this season to lead the War Hawks’ men’s team to a second place finish at the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) Indoor championships at Indiana Wesleyan University. The McM women placed sixth in the nation.
Former NAIA power Azusa Pacific University – also transitioning to NCAA II – won the NCCAA men’s title and Shorter University took the women’s crown.
Davis’ shot of 62’ 1” surpassed his own McM previous school record (61’ 0 ¼”) by better than a foot and obliterated the NCCAA’s meet record (was 56’ 10 ¼”) by more than five feet!
Davis effort is also the 19th-best effort in the nation for USA Track and Field on the performance list for next month’s indoor national championships. Davis has the best mark on the list among non-NCAA Division I or unattached/club competitors.
McMurry’s men also crowned another national champ in the high jump where JuJuan Austin cleared 6’ 7”, taking first place out of a four-way tie at that height based on jumps.
In the triple jump, the War Hawks had three competitors place in the top eight, led by sophomore Dillon Wilkins. Wilkins, who has battled with teammate Chris Ogle all season in the event and with one of the duo breaking the school record every week this season, took back the McM mark with a jump of 48’ 0 ½”. Wilkins placed second in the final standings, with Ogle finishing fifth and Isaac Hamilton seventh.
In the pole vault, Grayson Morrow earned a fourth place award, clearing 15’ 0 ½”. Marcus Nabors was sixth for McMurry.
The War Hawks’ 4x40 relay team of Chevante Bell, Willie Poindexter, Trevon Odom and Lance Andrews was third in a time of 3:23.82.
Odom was also third in the 200 meters (22.36) and sixth in the 60-meter dash (7.06). Teammate Victor Cruz was fourth in the 60 meters (6.93) and fifth in the 200 (22.65).
Lance Andrews earned a seventh in the 400 in a clocking of 51.03.
In the women’s competition on Saturday, Tiana Alexander grabbed a seventh place in the 60 meters, crossing at 8.04 seconds. Alexander was also seventh in the triple jump with a mark of 36’ 10 ½”.
The women’s 4x400 relay – Paradise Hooper, Purity Hooper, Shanita Coleman and Jasmine Williams – was fourth in a time of 4:01.37.
The 4x800 relay quartet was fifth, finishing at 9:56.73 minutes. The group consisted of Lauren Peery, Leah Doughty, Mercedes Bietendorf and Mary Affleck.
In the women’s 200 meters, Purity Hooper placed fourth (26.06). In the 400, it was Williams placing fifth (59.49) and Coleman eighth (1:00,54).
Saturday’s placewinners for McMurry were rounded out by Destiny Kesee in the women’s shot put. Kesee was sixth place overall with a heave of 41’ 1”.
Complete results of the NCCAA championships can be seen on McMurrysports.com.
Information provided by McMurry athletics department.