Five members of Warner University’s Track Team competed in the NAIA Indoor Nationals in Johnson City, Tenn., on March 4, 2016.
Tobias Durham, Oshin Hyam, Nykemis Pelham, Roger Pettingell, and Ken Mention all qualified based on the NAIA National Standards they each had to meet for their event.
Pettingell and Pelham both competed in the 200-Meter Dash; Pettingell placed 12th and Pelham took the 15th spot out of 18 qualifiers, and both set new personal records. Mention competed in the 600-Meter Run, set a new personal record, and placed 12th out of 22 for his event. Durham competed in the Triple Jump and the 60-Meter Dash, where he placed 10th out of 27 qualifiers and set a new school record of 6.850 seconds. In the Triple Jump he finished 16th out of 20. Hyam participated in the Triple Jump on the women’s side, where she took the 11th spot out of 22 competitors.
Durham and Hyam had just finished competing in the NCCAA Nationals on February 19, 2016. They, along with fellow teammates Mickey Cassidy, Virginia Strough, and Edward Barreto represented Warner University with pride. Hyam broke the school record in the Triple Jump and received All- American for that event. On the men’s side, Cassidy broke the school record in Shot Put and Weight Throw. Durham placed second in the Triple Jump and placed third in the 60-Meter, as well as was named the 2016 South Region Men’s Field Athlete of the Year for NAIA Indoor. He got All-American in both events, raising the overall All-American total for the Warner Track Team to 33, the most out of any other team at Warner.
“We are so happy with the results from each of the events, and bringing back three more All-American titles,” said Head Coach Emperitriz Gonzalez. “It was an outstanding weekend.”