MANKATO, Minn. – Grand Canyon men’s track and field squad claimed the 2012 Division II Indoor Track and Field National Championship with a final team score of 54 points. The National Championship is the second for GCU athletics since joining NCAA Division II in 1990, as the men’s soccer program won the title in 1996 after defeating Oakland University 3-1 at GCU.
The GCU track and field program won the championship in just its second year of existence.
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Adams State finished second with 47 points.
The men’s team had 25 points following yesterday events after sweeping the top two spots and taking four of the top six spots in the men’s long jump finals.
The men competed in finals for the triple jump, pole vault and 60-meter hurdles Saturday.
GCU had two of the top three finishers and three of the top 10 overall in the men’s triple jump competition.
Kevin Lashley took second place with a mark of 15.13 meters (49 feet, seven and three-fourths inches). Ramon Cooper finished just behind him with a leap of 15.07 meters (49 feet, five and a half inches) to take third place.
Karlin Stewart jumped 14.51 meters (17 feet, seven and one-fourths inches) to take ninth place in the triple jump competition.
In the men’s pole vault, Vince Frawley took seventh place with a mark of 4.90 meters (16 feet, three-fourths inches) and Eric Frawley finished in ninth place with a leap of 4.70 meters (15 feet, five inches).
Tyler Sipes finished sixth in the men’s 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.01 seconds.