Ngandu’s crown leads TU to third

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Tiffin had one champion while claiming third in the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field National Championships.

On the first day of nationals, James Ngandu took home a title while Tiffin held on to second place Thursday.

Ngandu took second in the 10,000 meter a year ago, but this year he took the crown in 29:19.91. He took a seven-second lead over second place while falling three seconds short of the school record — that he set.

The Dragons trailed Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Grand Valley State 14-10 while Ashland was in third with 11 points after the first day.

Tiffin remained in second place at the end of Friday’s session following league rival Ashland 24-17.

Cameron Burrows placed fourth in the high jump by clearing 2.12 meters. It was his best finish as a Dragon after taking 11th place last year.

Eric Jackson claimed 20th in the discus on Friday.

Tiffin had a relay team and five individuals compete in the finals Saturday. The Dragons got four top-four finishers — two being runners-up.

The first of the runners-up was the 4×100 team of Duane Boyd, Michael King, Jonte Baker and Reginald Thomas. They claimed second in 39.83 seconds. Nikolas Curtiss added the other second in the shot put. His runner-up toss went 18.75 meters.

With a leap of 15.7 meters in the triple jump, Jalon Monigan managed to take third. Ngandu took the final top-four spot with a fourth in the 5,000 (14:04.85).

Baker and Thomas both competed in the 100. Baker claimed fifth (10.36) while Thomas earned seventh (10.54).

The team title went to TAMU-Kingsville with 65 points. Ashland managed to hold off the Dragons 51-50 for second.

House takes 13th at national meet

LACROSSE, Wisc. — Heidelberg’s Rachel House finished 13th in the 10,000 at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships Thursday.

House clocked in at 37:47.31. She qualified 19th for the race.

The race was moved up three hours due to high temperatures. The heat seemed to affect the times of all the runners. Entering the race, House qualified for 19th.

“We are very proud of how well Rachel competed today,” HU coach Joe Yoder said in a statement released by the university. “In less-than-ideal conditions, she ran well and improved her finish by six spots.”