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Women's Outdoor Track & Field - Sun, May 28, 2017

GULF SHORES, Ala. - The Friends University Women's Track & Field team wrapped up the 2017 NAIA Outdoor Championships on Saturday with four student-athletes in three events. The Falcons added two more All-Americans on the day to their season haul and ended up placing 14th in the team standings.

Chelsea Baker (JR/Pittsburg, Kan.) started things off with the High Jump, joining 22 other competitors. The field was almost wiped in half after the first two bars, with four going down without making a height and seven more biting the dust on the second mark. Just six remained after the fourth height, guaranteeing those left All-American status, with Baker among two that hadn't missed an attempt to that point. Baker would miss her first attempt at 1.74m before clearing, but the miss would bump her down to a 3rd place finish with one other competitor going out at the next bar, 1.77m, with the eventual winner clearing that height.

Baker still ended the season with the best jump in the nation, a 1.79m clearance at the KT Woodman Heptathlon back in April, and claimed her third straight All-American in the event.

While the High Jump was going on, Brooke Burley (SR/Goddard, Kan.) and Christa Follette (SO/Grinnell, Iowa) competed in the 3,000m Steeplechase on the track. Burley finished 13 with a time of 11:34.85, improving four places on her seed time, while Follette was 16th at 12:06.82.

The final event of the championships for the Falcons was Natali Engle (JR/Goddard, Kan.) in the 100m Dash finals. After a tremendously close prelims (second through seventh were seperated by just 0.08 seconds), the final was a little more spread out. Engle would finish in the same spot as her seed time (7th) with a time of 11.91, giving her back-to-back All-Americans in the event.

Friends would finish 14th in the team race, their fourth straight year in the top-20. A total of 68 teams earned at least one point with 118 teams total competing with at least one qualifier.

Click here to see the full list of results.

 

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