The SAU men's and women's track and field squads will look to build on their recent sweep of the Midwest Collegiate Conference meets at this weekend's NAIA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships in Marion, Ind.
The weekend marks the end of the road for two of the SAU's most accomplished athletes. Leading the Bees contingent to Indiana Wesleyan University for the meet which runs Thursday-Sunday are five-time All-American John Darmody and two-time All-American Mandy Streu. Darmody is wrapping up his most successful year to date as he was named Midwest Collegiate Conference Athlete of the Year for Cross Country, Indoor Track and Outdoor Track. He will be racing the 800 and 1,500 meter runs. Streu, one of just a handful of SAU student-athletes to ever earn two All-American titles, will also be competing in two events in her final meet. The recent grad will look to add to her hardware haul, competing in the shot put and the hammer throw. Wes Vaden will be making his first appearance at NAIA Outdoor Nationals after a 13th place finish in the shot put at this year's NAIA Indoor Nationals. Also competing for the Bees will be Ryan Buchanan and Morgan Meseke. Both Buchanan and Meseke will be racing in the Marathon Saturday morning.Coach Dan Tomlin was named men's and women's coach of the year as the Bees dominated the MCC meet earlier this month.
Sports links: View SAU Basketball Coach and Athletic Director Ray Shovlain's speech following his induction into the Quad Cities Sports Hall of Fame.
Read this Quad-City Times story about how senior Niki Green battled back from serious eye surgery to lead the SAU softball squad.
Read this Quad-City Times report on the Queen Bees Midwest Collegiate Conference championship game thriller.
Read about a record-setting SAU relay performance at the Drake Relays.