Benedictine Claims 4th Place At NCAA Outdoor Championships

Benedictine University, NCAA Outdoor 4th Place Team
Benedictine University, NCAA Outdoor 4th Place Team

GENEVA, Ohio -- The 2017 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships concluded Saturday and Benedictine University placed fourth in the men's championship to lead all from the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference in the three-day event.

The Eagles scored 28 points in the men's standings while University of Wisconsin-La Crosse won the title with 47 points.

Aurora University claimed a 12th-place finish in the men's championship with 19 points and a 13th-place finish in the women's with 20. Washington University of St. Louis won the women's title with 56 points.

Benedictine's Luther Newburn broke the league record and became the national champion in the triple jump with a 15.98 meters leap. His jump was also the third best jump in NCAA Division III history.

The Eagles' team of Jalen Griffin, Jahaven Haye, Calvin Jordan and Matt Fleming won the men's 4x100 relay with a conference record time of 40.40 seconds.

Aurora's Brandon Pichen placed fourth with a mark of 57.87 meters in the men's hammer to earn All-American status, and Benedictine's Fleming was ninth in the men's 200 with a time of 21.66.

Aurora's team of Taylor Jefford, Crystal Abernathy, Lisa Rodriguez and Deterrica Simpkins took second in the women's 4x100 meter relay with a new NACC record time of 46.59.

Rodriguez also took third in the women's 200 with a time of 24.00 seconds for All-American honors and claimed her third such accolade of the day with a seventh place finish in the women's 100 at 11.89 seconds. Simpkins took fifth in the 100 (11.86) for All-American honors.