Another successful day on the track has put the BC men's track and field program in a top-four position on the leaderboard at the 2017 NAIA National Championships. With two more all-American performances, the Pilots have scored 17 total points and sit fourth out of the 46 teams who have scored in the first two days of competition. With 10 points, the Bethel women find themselves in 13th place overall in the field of 44 teams.
Senior Elias Micozzi ended his career on a high note by taking national runner-up honors in the men's discus. With a toss of 54.29 meters, the South Bend native nabbed second place in the field of 30 throwers, finishing behind Derek Seddon from William Penn. His runner-up title also garners him all-American status, which is his third straight all-American performance in the men's discus. Bethel landed a second NAIA All-American on day two thanks to a solid finish in the men's decathlon by Philip Fox. Fox bettered his school record with a ten-event total of 6,427 points, which landed him in eighth place overall.
Also competing for the Pilots on Friday was Ryan Jones who took 24th in the long jump with a mark of 6.76 meters and the men's 4x400-meter relay team of Brett Baumgartner, Conner Sowders, Alex Moses and Travis Sperry. With a record-setting time of 3:12.72, the relay squad will enter tomorrow's final as the fourth seed.
Tomorrow marks the final day in Gulf Shores. The day will begin with Jarrett Wolbolt and Jordan Annis running the marathon at 6:00 a.m. Other Pilots who will be in action will be Kyle Ostrander in the shot put, Joel Hartman in the steeplechase, the men's 4x100 relay team and the men's 4x400 relay team.
The Bethel College Pilots compete in 17 intercollegiate sports for men and women. While accumulating 3 NAIA National Championships and 32 NCCAA National Championships by 10 different athletic teams, Bethel has also produced 143 NAIA All-American honors and 309 NAIA Scholar-Athlete honors over the past decade. Bethel College is an accredited Christian college offering associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees in more than 70 areas of study. Connect with Bethel Athletics online at BethelCollegePilots.com or via Facebook, Twitter (@Bethel_Sports) and Instagram (@BethelPilots).
8th Philip Fox – 6,427 – All-American
24th Ryan Jones – 6.76
2nd Elias Micozzi – 54.29 – National Runner-Up & All-American