3 Bulldog thinclads earn All-American honors

By Steve Sell
March 06, 2016
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JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. — It was an amazing weekend for the McPherson College indoor track and field team as it came home from the NAIA national meet with three All-Americans.

Freshman high jumper Chris Linnin continued his season-long excellence by clearing 6-8 1/4 to take sixth place and be awarded an All-American plaque.

Pole vaulting ace Art Hop didn’t go as high as he did earlier this season when he cleared 16-2, but his 15-5 this weekend was still good enough for sixth place as he is now a two-time All-American.

Dixon Cooney took eighth place in the mile in 4:22.13 as he was the third Bulldog to earn All-America status.

Meanwhile for the women, Rea Samuels ran 25.26 in the 200 to break the McPherson College school record and take 11th.

“I am very proud everyone that competed this week," Mac coach Robert Spies said. "Coming away with three more All-Americans is great for the future of our program."

The thinclads now look ahead to the outdoor season and have little time to rest as there’s a meet scheduled for March 10 in Winfield.