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Track and Field - Sat, May 27, 2017

GULF SHORES, Ala. - Day two of the NAIA Outdoor Track & Field Championships saw two more Friends University student-athletes bring home All-American honors and a qualifier for Saturday's finals, guaranteeing another.

Tyann Isaacs (JR/Caldwell, Kan.) wrapped up the Heptathlon competition with the Long Jump, Javelin and 800m Run to start the days, coming in ranked 7th overall. The Long Jump didn't go as well as the Falcons planned, with a 4.82 mark for 511 points dropping her to 10th place, but Isaacs would make up for it in the last two events.

Isaacs got a P.R. of almost a whole meter in the Javelin with a mark of 40.10m, placing her 4th in the event and vaulting her to 4th overall with 669 points for that event. She finished it up with an eight second P.R. in the 800m, running 2:31.44 for 675 points, and allowing her to hold on to 5th in the Heptathlon and earn All-American honors with a total score of 4,640 points, the third-highest total in program history.

Chelsea Baker (JR/Pittsburg, Kan.) ran 14.36 in the 100m Hurdles, tying for 12th and finishing just 0.12 seconds out of the top-eight finals.

Friends then had two competitors in the 100m Dash prelims. Anika Ricks (SR/Wichita, Kan.), who has battled injuries recently battled through to run 13.98, while Natali Engle (JR/Goddard, Kan.) qualified for finals with a time of 11.88 seconds. Engle ran the No. 7 time in the prelims, but the No. 2 time was just 0.08 seconds ahead of her at 11.79.

The Falcons wrapped up the day with Lauren Doll (FR/Leon, Kan.) and Baker in the Triple Jump as the sun went down. Baker struggled to find the board, managing an 11.40m mark in her only attempt that she didn't scratch to finish 12th. Doll fared better, beating her own school record with her second jump of prelims, going 11.86m for a 3rd place finish in the prelims. One competitor leaped Doll in the finals, as she was unable to improve, but the 4th place finish got Friends their third All-American of the meet.

Friends and all teams will wrap up competition on Saturday. Baker will start things off with the High Jump, where she had the No. 1 jump in the country, at 2:00pm. Brooke Burley (SR/Goddard, Kan.) and Christa Follette (SO/Grinnell, Iowa) will follow shortly thereafter at 2:30pm in the 3,000m Steeplechase and Engle will close it out with the 100m Dash finals at 3:50pm.

Follow along with live scoring for the final day here.

 

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