The TWU Track & Field team finished a remarkable indoor season with a 19th place finish the NAIA National Indoor Track & Field Championships. Junior Josh Parson led the way with a 3rd place finish in the 60m dash and a 5th place finish in the 200m. Parson matched his personal best in the 60m in prelims, running 6.75 seconds. In the 200m, however, Parson reached new territory. Coming into the meet, Parson was #2 all-time for the Bulldogs with a PR of 21.86 – a mark he obliterated in prelims with a 21.63, breaking Avery Hubbard's previous school record of 21.75. In the finals, Parson again broke the school record, running a new personal best 21.55 seconds to finish 5th place. Parson becomes a two-time All-American in his first indoor championships.
Junior Chaz Hawkins broke his own 60m Hurdles school record (8.18 seconds) on his way to a 8th place finish in the event. Hawkins adds this All-American performance to his 2016 All-American Award in the 110m Hurdles.
Sophomore Bryce Choate was the last All-American for the Bulldogs, finishing 8th place in the 800m event. Choate ran a school record 1:53.77 in the prelims before struggling to a 1:57 finish in the final.
Junior Cadarius Harris finished 9th in the 60m dash, missing out on All-American status by one spot, while the 4x800m team of Junior Darren Payton, Freshman Christos Zachariou, Freshman TJ Tupps, and Freshman Mike Andreou finished 21st in a time of 8:04.
The 19th place finish for the Bulldogs is the second-best finish in school history and it wasn't just the athletes who brought home the hardware. Coaches Justin Herbert and Sam Roberts were honored as South Region Head Coach of the Year and South Region Assistant Coach of the Year.
The Bulldogs open up the Outdoor season on March 17th at UNC Charlotte.