05/24/13 – Alvaro Romero and Ryan Helminiak both were awarded All-American honors for their efforts on day two at the NAIA National Championships.
Alvaro Romero earned his third All-American honor as a Saint as he placed sixth in the long jump. Al's second jump, which was measured at 23-9.5, was the attempt that carried Alvaro back to the podium. Meanwhile in the high jump, Ryan Helminiak concluded his career with a fifth place performance. Helminiak cleared 6-7.25 to become only the second Saint to be named All American in the outdoor high jump. (Mike Wilson was the other.)
Also starring for the Saints was the men's 4x400 meter relay. The quartet of Ray Bordeaux, Eric Reed, Jason Parnell and Caleb Teachout raced across the line in 3:14.64. The time placed them 11th overall, but did establish a new school record in the process. Erika Heston also achieved a new personal best in the 100 meter hurdles. Heston's time of 14.83 placed her 15th in the competition.
Caleb Teachout placed 15th in the men's 800 meters (1:54.50) and Jeff Cherry placed 24th in the men's 5000 meters (16:00.21). Michael Shearon also competed in the men's high jump, but failed to clear the opening height of 6-7.25.
Action resumes bright and early tomorrow with Andrew Lib's competing in the marathon.