West Texas A&M claims first DII women's indoor track and field title in program history
PITTSBURG, Kansas – West Texas A&M made program history again on Saturday afternoon as the top ranked Lady Buffs claimed the first NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field National Championship in program history as they registered 53 total points including a pair of individual National Champions and 10 All-Americans honors at the Robert W. Plaster Center in Pittsburg, Kansas.
The Lady Buffs used a pair of All-American performances in the 60m Dash as Kennedy Hudson (3rd, 7.41) and Valda Kabia (6th, 7.53) picked up big points while Kabia also picked up All-American honors in the 200m with a time of 24.22 to finish fourth in the event.
Nele Heinrich finished seventh in the 400m with a time of 55.56 for All-American accolades while the women's 4x400m Relay team of Kabia, Heinrich, Madison Thetford and Arlene Crossan capped off the national championship with a time of 3:43.62 to finish third in the final event of the meet. Norma Cunigan finished 13th for the Lady Buffs in the shot put with a throw of 14.29m.
WT's Rellie Kaputin capped off her historic career in Maroon & White with a third place finish in the women's Triple Jump with a mark of 12.73m while teammate Fatim Affessi claimed the National Title in the event with a jump of 13.09m to set a new facility record at the Robert W. Plaster Center.
On the men's side, Daniel Gyasi picked up All-American honors in the 400m with a time of 47.70 to finish fifth while Ricky Harvie claimed All-American accolades in the men's mile with a time of 4:14.76 to finish seventh. Gyasi was also a part of the men's 4x400m team with Antonio Barrancos, Tobia Lahbi and Quinton Sansing for a sixth place finish with a time of 3:12.44.
Abraham Seaneke finished fifth in the men's triple jump as the junior registered a mark of 15.42m to pick up All-American honors while Paolo Lazaric finished 12th in the high jump with a mark of 2.03m.
The Lady Buffs finished the event with 53 points followed by Western State (40), Lincoln (36), U-Mary (31), Adams State (30), Pittsburg State (30), Angelo State (29), Grand Valley State (25), St. Augustine's (23) and Azusa Pacific (22) to round out the top ten.
Host Pittsburg State claimed the men's national title with a total of 49 points followed by Tiffin (48), Adams State (44), Ashland (40.5), Texas A&M-Commerce (29), Western Oregon (26), Grand Valley State (26), Academy of Art (25), Findlay (22) and Colorado State-Pueblo (22) to round out the top ten.