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."