BC's Derr finishes 2nd in nation in javelin

By Steve Sell
May 23, 2015

GULF SHORES, Ala. — Bethany College’s Seth Derr finished as the No. 2 javelin thrower in the nation on Friday at the NAIA National Championships.

Derr unfurled a throw of 209-6 1/2. He finished just behind fellow KCAC member Derek Racette of Friends, whose father Sean was a former McPherson College football standout. He threw 212-1 1/2.

"The event was protested as Seth was called for a foul on which was seen as questionable on his second attempt in the finals," Bethany coach Ken Ciolek said. "The throw was 68.38 meters, which would have been a new school record and would have won the competition by almost four meters. The protest was overruled, however."

Derr's performance earned him NAIA All-American honors for the second straight year. In 2014, he finished sixth.

Bethany’s Miranda Burton placed fifth in the women's javelin, earning her NAIA All-American honors. Burton’s top throw was 142-7 3/4.

This is Burton's second consecutive NAIA All-American honor. In 2014, she finished eighth with a throw of 131-11.

In the men's discus, Ben Hanson took 11th with a 155-8 1/2.

BC’s Halsie Large finished competing in the heptathlon and place 15th with 4,064 points. 

"I cannot say enough about how proud I am of our kids, especially Seth," Ciolek said. "To be faced with that type of adversity and to handle himself with the utmost class and character is what I am most proud of. We now look to close out the championships strong with Morgan (Darden) in the discus and Ben (Hanson) in the shot put."