Another year, another stellar accomplishment for the Tiffin University men's indoor track and field squad.
The Dragons, the defending NCAA Division II National Champions, won their first-ever GLIAC Championship with a stunning performance at the Univesity of Findlay's Malcolm Center, halting Grand Valley State's run of 7 straight GLIAC Men's Indoor Championships. They totaled 167.5 points, outdistancing the Lakers (131.5) and Ashland (107).
The Dragons were led by GLIAC Field Athlete of the Year Coy Blair, the GLIAC Track Athlete of the Meet and High Point Athlete of the Meet James Ngandu, and directed to success once again by GLIAC Men's Coach of the YearJeremy Croy.
The Dragons posted another phenomenal day on Day Two, registering 15 men's provisional performances along with four more on the women's side. The Lady Dragons had a number of strong finishes as well, finishing 7th of 12 teams overall.
For the men, Blair was simply unstoppable, as he obliterated the TU and GLIAC record in the shot put with a massive heave of 64-1.25, hitting an NCAA automatic qualifying mark while winning the GLIAC shot put title. He led a powerful group of throwers, as Jay Feuerstein took 4th with a provisional toss of 57-8.75 while Davion Bowers was 8th with another provisional mark of 47-10.25.
Ngandu also was sensational, winning the 3000 meters in a provisional time of 8:19.83. Michael King was also the 200 meters champion with a blistering provisional time of 22.08.
Tiffin showed its depth throughout the day, getting 18 more points from their triple jump athletes. Kevin Roberts was 2nd with 48-10.5, whileMarquise Corbett was 3rd with 47-11 and Jalon Monigan was 4th with 47-10.25. All three marks were provisional numbers.
Also taking 2nd for TU was Cameron Burrows in the high jump, clearing 6-11 (provisional).
Other top finishers for Tiffin includedNico Hudson (3rd in 800 in 1:55.70), Mackenzi Rickman (3rd in 60 hurdles in provisional 8.09), Errik Snell (4th in 60 hurdles in provisional 8.15), Michael King(4th in 400 in provisional 49.10), and the 4x400 relay squad of King, Monigan,Macerio Clark, and Chance Abbitt in a provisional 3:19.67.
For the women, TU finished with 43 points, just behind 6th place Findlay (44) and 5th place Northern Michigan (47). Grand Valley State won the event with 160.5 points followed by Hillsdale's 96.5.
Adaysha Parker finished 2nd overall in the 400 in a provisional time of 56.43 while also taking 3rd in the 200 in another provisional mark of 25.17.
Other top finishers for the women were Brittany Holbrook (5th in the high jump), the 4x400 relay squad of Alexya Peoples, Parker, Holbrook, and Madison Doss (6th in 4:00.72), and Emma Gielink (7th in 60 hurdles).