GULF SHORES, Ala. — McPherson College’s ace pole vaulter Art Hop achieved All-America status during the NAIA National Track and Field Championships that were completed on Saturday.
Hop was able to clear 15-5, but went out on the next height. Still, he was seventh out of 16 competitors to earn the elite status.
On the women’s side, Rea Samuels took 15th in the 100 meters after being the 22nd-ranked runner coming in. She ran a 12.25 and was just .19 from qualifying for the finals.
"I was pleased to see both Rea and AJ (Hop) perform well on a national stage," McPherson College head coach Cameron Magnall said. "It's a great way to springboard into a promising 2015-16 season."
The Bulldogs have a host of returnees next season. Both the men and women were KCAC champions back in 2014 before relinquishing those titles to Friends this year. Magnall hopes with the returnees, along with some top thinclads who redshirted this season, the Bulldogs can return to the top in 2016.