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Track and Field - Fri, May 26, 2017

GULF SHORES, Ala. - The Friends University Women's Track & Field team got their first All-American of the 2017 NAIA Outdoor Championships on Thursday. The First of three days of compeititon was marked by close calls and near-misses though, as the Falcons saw a couple of events come up just short of adding to their team points total.

Tyann Isaacs (JR/Caldwell, Kan.) started her competition in the Heptathlon with four events against 15 other competitors in the event. The field began with the 100m Hurdles, with Isaacs placing 13th with a time of 15.67 seconds, getting her 755 points. A jump of 1.52m in the High Jump placed her 10th and gave her 644 points to keep her in 13th place. Isaacs then hit a big P.R. of 11.57m in the Shot Put, giving her 633 points and a 5th place finish, and vaulting her into 7th in the overall standings. She finished the day with the 200m Dash, where she placed 10th with a time of 26.51 for 753 points and to maintain her 7th place standing.

Isaacs will wrap up the Heptathlon with the Long Jump, Javelin, and 800m Run on Friday. She has 2,785 overall points, but less than 150 points separates 3rd place from 12th in what should be a wild finish to the event.

Abby Belt (JR/Wichita, Kan.) placed 10th in the Hammer Throw with a toss of 50.22m, just missing the finals that took nine competitors. Her mark was just 0.12m from that 9th position, and 0.29m from 8th and an All-American spot.

The next close call for the Falcons came in the 4x100m Relay, where Shelby Hundley (SO/Bern, Kan.), Abby Simon (SR/Andale, Kan.), Jamie Alexander (SR/Valley Center, Kan.), and Natali Engle (JR/Goddard, Kan.) went 47.35 seconds to finish 9th. Eighth place (and the last finals spot) was just 0.06 seconds ahead of them.

Katie Bailey (JR/Leoti, Kan.) was forced to withdrawal from the Javelin competition due to injury after one foul throw.

Shelby Hundley was the next 'almost' for Friends, as she ran a P.R. in the 400m Hurdles with a time of 1:02.91 to finish 10th and miss finals by 1.17 seconds.

The final event of the day for Friends was the Long Jump, with Chelsea Baker (JR/Pittsburg, Kan.) competing. A tremendously close competition saw Baker make it out of prelims in 5th place with a jump of 5.81m. She was unable to improve upon her mark and two competitors passed her, but the 7th place finish was still good enough for Baker's 9th overall All-American finish (include Indoor) in her Falcon career. First place was just 0.10m ahead of Baker.

Brooke Burley (SR/Goddard, Kan.) and Christa Follette (SO/Grinnell, Iowa) did not run in the schedule 3,000m Steeplechase prelims as the competition committee decided to make that event a finals-only run on Saturday with only 18 competitors and 14 scheduled to go to finals.

In addition to Isaacs in the Heptathlon, Friends will have Baker running the 100m Hurdle prelims at 1:30pm, Engle and Anika Ricks (SR/Wichita, Kan.) in the 100m Dash prelims at 2:50pm, and Lauren Doll (FR/Leon, Kan.) and Baker in the Triple Jump at 5:30pm.

Click here for all the results from day one and to follow along on day two.