Marion Ind.- The SC men's 4 x 100m relay team highlighted an outstanding 3 days of competition at the 2012 NAIA National Outdoor Championships. A total of nine All-American performances made for a very rewarding completion to the 2012 track season.
The 4 x 100 Relay time of 40.64 was good for a 4th place finish and All-America honors. Their time broke a 17 year old record which was set in 1995 with a time of 40.88.They entered the meet with a qualifying mark of 41.63. The relay consisted of Kevin Rodgers, Chandler Kirkhart, Elliot Muegge, and Colton Siler.
"I couldn't be prouder of the 4x1 relay," commented head women's coach and sprint coach Mike Kirkland. "They entered the meet ranked 10th with a 41.63 and when they ran 41.04 in the prelims, I knew they were determined to be on the podium and All-Americans on Saturday. To survive 2 rounds and then run 40.64 in the finals was phenomenal. It was a very special moment."
Other All-American performance were turned in by the 4 x 800m relay (Frank Adelman, Chris Copeland, Sam McDaniel and Darnell Pittman) which finished in 5th place overall with a time of 7:35.44. Kevin Rodgers was a double All-American for the Builders, finishing 7th in the long jump, with a leap of 23' 8" to go along with his 4x100m honors.
"Our men's team had a tremendous national meet," commented head men's track coach Jim Helmer. "This was the first time in school history that we qualified all three relays for the finals. The school record and 5th place finish by the 4X100 was amazing, and our 4X400 qualified for the finals with the 4th fastest time in school history. Our 4X800, Frank Adelman, Chris Copeland, Sam McDaniel, and Darnell Pittman won their prelim heat and qualified for the finals with the 5th fastest time in the prelims. They followed that up with a great race in the finals, finishing 5th and earning All-America honors. Their time of 7:35.44 was the 3rd fastest in school history, just 8/10 of a second off the school record. All four runners had personal best times, and Chris Copeland's 1:51.57 was the 4th fastest 4X800 relay split in program history. Kevin Rodgers had a great meet, finishing 7th in the long jump, leading off the 4X100 relay, and running a leg on our 9th place 4X400 relay."