DES MOINES, Iowa— Bethany College’s Seth Derr and Kaitlyn Davis competed in the prestigious Drake Relays on Friday. Derr had a monumental day in the men's javelin, placing first in the collegiate division, while Davis had a strong showing in the women's high jump.
"I am so proud of both Kaitlyn and Seth on how they not only represented themselves, but the program and college as well," Bethany coach Ken Ciolek said. "This opportunity and their successful performances is a testament to all of their hard work and our program's overall development. One of the Swedes' first appearances at this prestigious of an event was definitely a successful one and a sign of great things to come."
Derr started the day with marks of 196-1 and 175-2, followed by a foul before hitting 196-3. Derr's biggest throw of the day reached 209-6, setting a new Bethany College school record and placing him first among the collegiate division of 25 competitors. The only competitors to finish ahead of Derr were three professional throwers.
Derr's previous best throw this season came April 11 at the Wichita State University Invitational. His mark of 208-9 crushed the Bethany College school record, currently placing him first in the KCAC and fifth in the NAIA. He has already earned a trip to the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships, surpassing both the 'A' and 'B' qualifying standards this season.
Davis competed in the women's high jump. She jumped 5-2 1/2, and then went out at 5-3, tying for 26th place.
Davis' highest jump of 5-7 3/4 came at the KCAC Indoor Championships, crowning her champion. The mark also set a new KCAC meet record, a new Bethany College school record and earned the second highest mark in the NAIA in 2014. She finished 10th at the NAIA Indoor Track and Field National Championships and has also already qualified for the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships.