Marion, Ind. – Midland University wrapped up competition at the NAIA Track and Field National Championships on Saturday. The Warriors' Mariah Toussaint emerged from the event as the NAIA National Champion in the women’s high jump.
“This is a very big accomplishment in a very deep field,” said Justin Horner, Midland University track and field head coach. “The competition was good from top to bottom, and we are excited to see how we can build on this for next year.”
Toussaint won with a leap of 5’-08”, jumping a full two inches above the second-place finisher. Her first-place national mark also distinguishes her as an NAIA All-American.
The Warriors qualified three athletes in four events for the national competition. Toussaint also placed 13th in the women’s long jump with a personal-best-leap of 18’-9.25”. Julia Hauser earned a 19th-place finish in the women’s javelin with a toss of 117’-10”. The throw was Hauser’s second best of the season. Also, in what was her first marathon ever, Whitney Dooley placed 31st at the championships with a time of 3:49:04.30.
“I’m very pleased with the performances by our athletes down here as well as all of our athletes throughout the season,” said Horner. “ We have a lot we can build on with so many young athletes returning next year. We are looking forward to a big season next year.”
The NAIA National Championships cap the 2012 outdoor track and field season for the Warriors.