PITTSBURG – The Wayland Baptist men’s and women’s track & field teams were crowned champions of the NAIA, with the men scoring 88 points and women notching 100.
Wayland Baptist finished with 19 first-place finishers en route to the dual titles.
“It feels pretty spectacular,” Pioneer’s head coach Brian Whitlock said. “It’s something we have missed out on a couple times, pretty closely, and it just feels great.”
In the men’s division Quintaveon Poole, Tre Hinds, Donte Irving, Joey Gonzalez, Brian Gonzales and Keiontae Williamson finished with first-place wins.
Devin Johnson, Telecia Briscoe, Ja’lanna Williams, Tiona Owens, Tiffany Cano, Elizabeth Williams and Silvia Sosa were the first-place medalists in the women’s division.
Also competing in the event was Friends University senior and Pittsburg High School alumni, Chelsea Baker.
Baker defended her national title in the women’s pentathlon and won her second-consecutive title in the event.
“The win feels very good,” Baker said. “It was great to have family and friends, some of which who haven’t seen me compete before, there to cheer me on.”
She also competed in women’s high jump (second), women’s 60-meter hurdles eighth, and women’s long jump (11th).
Friends University placed fourth in the women’s division with 56 points.