GULF SHORES, Ala. — McPherson College javelin thrower Brandt Wolters has battled a sore elbow during the season.
But the Bulldog sophomore gutted it out and Thursday he earned All-American honors after taking second place at NAIA National Meet. He was an All-American last year as well when he took third place.
Wolters broke the Mac school record on his final throw with a heave of 205-2 3/4. The winning throw was a monstrous 221-5 3/4 by Eastern Oregon’s Pancho Saldana.
The Bulldogs also competed in prelims in two events, the men's 4 x 100 relay and the women's 200.
The men's 4 x 100 relay team of J'Moi Penn, Ali Childs, Myles Sample and Hunter Sury finished 13th overall after taking fourth in their heat with a 41.67 clocking. The quartet had entered the championships seeded 15th after running a 41.51 at the KCAC Championships.
Amy Braimbridge struggled in her heat of the 200, finishing seventh and was 28th overall with a time of 25.54. She had come into the weekend ranked 23rd with a seed time of 24.92.
The championships continue today with Sury beginning his pursuit of individual All-America honors in the 100 at 3:10 p.m., and Jasmine Helms competing in the women's triple jump at 5:30 p.m. Sury's seed time of 10.66 seconds ranks 29th, while Helms ranks 17th with her leap of 11.59 meters (38-0 1/4).
Should Sury advance past the preliminary stage, the men's 100 final would be at 4 p.m. Saturday afternoon.
McPherson's final three participants will compete in the marathon at 6 a.m. Saturday morning. They include Lauren Wankum, Kurt Katzdorn and Jonathan Dominguez.