Azusa Pacific flourishes at NAIA Championships

from staff reports

   JOHNSON CITY -- Azusa Pacific (Calif.) dominated the field events and used that advantage to take the 37th NAIA Men's Indoor Track and Field Championships held at the Mini-Dome.
   They entered the final day of competition with a 14-point lead before beating second place Doane (Neb.) by 34.5 points at the end of the meet.
   Life College of Georgia was third with 34 points, as Black Hills State (S.D.) and Lindenwood (Mo.) rounded out the top five. Bryan Clay of Azusa Pacific and Anthony Kabara of Cumberland (Ky.) College were chosen as the outstanding men performers. Clay won the pentathlon and long jump and Kabara for his win in the 600 meter and second in the 1000 meters.
   On the ladies' side, Azusa Pacific fell just shy of capturing the title as McKendree (Ill.) beat them by a final score of 77-75. The event was not decided until the final event of the championship the 4x400 meter relay.
   Azusa Pacific had an 8-point lead going into this event, but McKendree won the race by nearly five seconds to win a second consecutive NAIA National Indoor Championship.
   They had held the lead for most of the morning before Azusa went ahead after winning the 1000 meter run.
   Local entry Milligan College had a respectable showing scoring eight points and tying for 20th place overall along with five other schools.
   Rebecca Dixon took second place for the Buffs in the 1000, while Phillip Rotich secured a runner-up finish the mile.
   Agne Visockaite of McKendree and Vivian Chukwuemeka were each honored as the outstanding female performers.
   Visockaite captured victories in both the 55-meter and 200-meter dashes. Chukwuemeka had a record-breaking performance in the shot put and also took first place in the weight toss.