Over spring break, seven Graceland Track and Field Athletes competed in Johnson City, Tennessee at the NAIA Indoor Track and Field Nationals. Nationals were held March 3-5 at the David E. Walker Track at Gentry Field at Eastern Tennessee State University. To be eligible to compete at Nationals, each athlete had to achieve certain standards (time or height) in their respective event(s).
The seven Graceland athletes that competed were: freshman, Lexus Lovan–long jump and 60 meter dash; sophomore, William Snorgrass–long jump; junior, Lashaunda Yates–high jump; senior, Tirrell Brooks–long jump and 60 meter hurdles; seniors, Paul Hill and Tom Shore–pole vault; and senior, Julian White–heptathlon. The heptathlon is a competition in seven events: the 60 meter dash, long jump, shot put, high jump, 60-meter hurdles, pole vault, and 1000 meter run.
All-American Athlete status is awarded to the top eight finishers in each event at Nationals. Four Graceland athletes received this honor. Lexus Lovan placed 5th in women’s long jump with a jump of 5.56 meters (~18’ 3”). Tirrell Brooks placed 6th in men’s long jump with a jump of 7.20 meters (~23’ 7.4”). Paul Hill tied for 6th in pole vault with a height of 4.70 meters (~15’ 5”), and Julian White placed 7th in the heptathlon with 4776 points from the seven events.
William Snorgrass finished thirteenth in men’s long jump. Lexus Lovan finished 22nd in the 60-meter dash. Tirrell Brooks finished 17th in 60-meter hurdles, while Lashaunda Yates and Tom Shore did not advance beyond the first height of high jump and pole vault, respectively.
The NAIA Indoor Nationals marked the last meet of the 2016 Indoor Track Season. Now, outdoor season has begun and Graceland hopes to be sending many athletes to outdoor Nationals in Gulf Shores, Alabama in May.