Houser and Kirlin Earn All-America Honor at NAIA Nationals; Team Places 25th

BROOKINGS, S.D. – Five Warriors represented Midland University over the weekend in the 2019 NAIA Indoor Track and Field Championships. Midland finished its indoor season with another solid showing in South Dakota.

A pair of seniors, Nathan Houser and Reid Kirlin, were each named NAIA All-Americans after finishing in the top five in the men’s weight throw.

Houser’s final throw of 19.17 meters was good enough to earn him a third-place finish, while Kirlin’s toss carried 18.48 meters, good enough for a fifth place finish.

As a team, the Warriors finished in 25th out of 62 teams that were represented at the Sanford-Jackrabbit Athletic Complex, which is a strong outing for only having five Warrior representatives.

Freshman Dylan Kucera was the only Warrior to participate in multiple events over the weekend. Kucera finished 9th in the men’s shot put final out of 25 finalists and came home in 17th in the weight throw.

Freshman Chase Andresen competed in the men’s pole vault event, finishing in a tie for 14th place at a height of 4.65 meters.

Freshman Lucas Weyrich fell less than two-tenths of a second short of qualifying for the men’s 60-meter hurdles finals. Weyrich’s preliminary time was 8.37 seconds, while the final qualifier finished at 8.18 seconds.

Midland concludes the indoor portion of the track and field schedule on a high note after a good showing in Brookings and will now begin the transition to the outdoor portion of the spring schedule. The first outdoor event on the schedule is the Oklahoma Baptist Early Invitational in Shawnee, Oklahoma on Thursday, March 14.