03/02/2013 – The Saints received four more All-American efforts and had three more school records go by the wayside as competition concluded at the NAIA National Championships.
The men recorded their highest placement in school history with their eighth place finish. The Saints tallied 31 points over the three day competition, while the women finished in 30th place with 7.5 points.
Alvaro Romero followed up his first place performance in the long jump with a second place finish in the triple jump. Romero broke his own school record on his last attempt as he leaped 49-1.75. The Saints also received an All-American performance out of pole vaulter Adam Lohner. The East Grand Rapids grad tied his own school record with a vault of 15-7. The vault placed Lohner in seventh place in his first nationals experience.
The Saints continued to rack up points on the track as middle distance specialists Caleb Teachout and Grant Gunneson both received All-American honors. The duo has now accumulated a total of ten All-American awards between the two of them. Teachout placed 3rd in the 600 meter and broke his own school record in the process. Caleb's previous best was 1:19.83 at the 2012 championships where he placed 5th. Teachout improved in both time and place as the Grand Rapids native completed the two laps in 1:18.45. Gunneson, who set the 1000 meter school record in the prelims, placed 4th with a time of 2:28.67. The Rockford grad has now garnered All-American honors in all six of his national championship appearances.
Also competing on Saturday for the Saints was Emily Smith who placed 11th in the shot put with a throw of 43-9.
Aquinas will now switch their attention to the outdoor season which will begin with their next competition in four weeks.