ROME, GA - The OCU track and field program made history over the weekend, earning the first points ever in a postseason appearance at the 2015 NCCAA National Championships. Hosted by Shorter University in Rome, Georgia, the 2015 NCCAA National Championships boasted a field of 25 different intercollegiate track and field programs for both the men and women.
Ian Monaghan (FR/Baltimore, OH) was able to get OCU on the board on Friday in the high jump finals. Monaghan qualfied for the finals with a jump of 1.78 meters and 1.83 meters. He then cleared 1.88 meters (6'2") on his final jump to take 8th place and earn a point for the Trailblazers. Only four other competitors cleared a jump higher than Monaghan in the final round.
Brian Chandler (SO/Columbus, OH) finished 23rd overall in both the 200 meter and 400 meter prelims with times of 23.15 seconds and 52.19 seconds . He took 5th place in his heat for the 200 meters but was unable to advance to the finals.
Sidney Pell (FR/Peebles, OH) capped off the Blazers first appearance in the NCCAA National Championships with a 7th place finish in the women's shot put. Pell threw an impressive 11.88 meters on her 2nd throw of the finals to capture 7th place overall and earn two more points for OCU. Her 7th place finish goes down as the best finish for an OCU athlete at the NCCAA Track and Field National Championships.
OCU finished the National Championships with a total of three points as Monaghan earned one point with his 8th place finish in men's high jump and Pell earned two points with her 7th place finish in women's shot put.