Bethel news to ‘relay’ is of All-American nod
Posted: Friday, June 3, 2011 12:02 am
MARION, Ind. — The Bethel University 400-meter relay team ran a school-best ever 46.75 in the finals of the NAIA National Track and Field Championship Meet on Saturday.
Julie-Ann Blanc, Ron-nika Garrett, Deseray Washington, and Arielle Montague finished fifth in the event. That is also a school-best for a women’s 400-meter relay team. All four team members were named All-Americans as a result of their finish.
Nearly 1,300 student-athletes competed at the 2011 NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships.
The Outdoor Sports Complex in Marion was home to the 60th Annual Men’s and 31st Annual Women’s National Championship events, which were hosted by Indiana Wesleyan University.
This year’s field featured 139 schools — including 126 men’s teams and 120 women’s squads.
Bethel Coach David Duncan expressed his excitement over the effort of his student-athletes. “Our ladies came in with a goal to break the 47-second mark. They ran the 14th best time in the nation and their fifth place finish is the best in school history in the nationals. I am so proud of their effort and desire and how they represented our school.”
The team had set a school record earlier in the week during preliminary competition at the NAIA track championship meet in Marion.
Additionally, Washington set a new school record in the 100 meter trials. She finished the dash in 12.10 seconds.