Three Warriors Earn All-American Honors at NAIA Indoor Championships

PITTSBURG, Kan. – Midland University had five athletes compete in the NAIA Indoor Track and Field National Championships this past weekend inside the Robert W. Plaster Center on the campus of Pittsburg State University. Isaiah Brown, Nathan Houser, Reid Kirlin, and Seth Sabata all competed in their respective field events while Ty Hansen took to the oval. At the end of the meet, Midland had three athletes place in the top eight and earn NAIA All-American honors.

Brown placed sixth in the men’s pole vault clearing 15’ 9”. The mark ties his indoor career-best set earlier this season and ranks second all-time in Midland history.

Hansen qualified fourth in the men’s 1000m prelims as he came in second in his qualifying heat with a time of 2:30.57. In the finals, his pace was a bit slower but he still made the medal stand with a 2:33.82 for eighth place. His prelim time moves him to third all-time at Midland and destroyed his personal record by over two seconds.

Houser had the best finish by the Warriors as he placed third in the men’s weight throw. He bested his school-record by over two feet as he put up a throw of 66’ 9.25” in his final attempt of the day.

Kirlin just missed joining Houser in the finals as he finished in 10th place with a throw of 59’ 2.25”.

Sabata had a tough meet as he was unable to get a legal throw in the weight throw and then fouled twice in the men’s shot put. His lone mark in the shot put went 51’ 1.5” and placed him 19th overall.

The Warriors will quickly turn their attention to the outdoor season as they travel to the Oklahoma Baptist Early Outdoor Invitational in a little over a week. The event is scheduled for Thursday, March 15 in Shawnee, Oklahoma.