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Becky Collier of Westmont, NAIA Most Valuable Performer with heptathlon & high jump titles. (photos by Kaci Mexico)
Track & Field - Mon, May 29, 2017

A total of 19 GSAC athletes earned All-America honors at the NAIA Men's and Women's Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Mobile, Alabama, last week.  The award is given to the top eight individuals or relay teams in each event.  

Becky Collier of Westmont scored the most points in the NAIA Women's Outdoor Track & Field Championship with individual titles in the heptathlon and high jump for 20 points to earn the Most Valuable Performance award.  Winning her second consecutive national championship in the heptathlon, Collier scored 5178 points in the 2-day, 7-event competition over 300 points ahead of her next competitor and 270 points above her 4908 score from last year.   The senior followed that with a 5-9.25 (1.77 meter) mark in the high jump to win the event and earn her 15th career All-America honor.  Seventh-place All-America finishes by her teammates in the pole vault, Dana Bowers, and in the 4 x 800 meter relay, Anne Elise Brown, Hope Geisinger, Emily Parks and Taryn Phipps, earned the Warriors 24 total points for a 10th-place team finish.

There were other notable finishes in the women's meet which earned All-America honors.  Jennah Richmond of William Jessup was in seventh place after six events in the heptathlon, but her 800 meter time of 2:25.52 in the final event gave her enough points to earn fourth place, just two points ahead of her competitor who finished fifth.  Biola's Lyndee Dawson and Stephanie Croy finished fourth and fifth in the steeplechase, respectively. Lyndee Dawson was joined by Hannah Hunsaker, Kathryn Doherty and Alisa Murray in the 4 x 800 meter relay for a fifth-place finish.

In the men's meet, several men also earned All-America honors.  Winston Lawson of Vanguard earned third place in the decathlon with 6729 points, just three points out of second place, and his teammate Noah Rogers was seventh in the 400 meter hurdles.  A trio of athletes scored for Westmont.  Anthony Cota had a third-place showing in the high jump, Peter Top of Westmont was sixth in the decathlon, and Dan McCollum was seventh in the javelin. Skyler Mikesell and Alec Franco of The Master's each placed eighth in the 1500 meter race and the steeplechase, respectively.  

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