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Wilson a national champ, two Scots place runner-up

Dan Nolan

One national champion and six All-American performances earned the Monmouth College women fifth place and the men sixth at last weekend’s NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships in Naperville.

The Fighting Scots women gained second-place points on Saturday with All-American efforts in the high jump and the shot put to score 24 points for the championship weekend. They were just one point out of fourth and three points shy of third. Monmouth’s men rode a fourth-place finish in the open 400 and a fifth in the 4x400 to place sixth, just four points out of fifth.

Emily Tysma got the women second-place points Saturday when she cleared 5’7-3/4, just a quarter-inch short of her school-record mark. Tysma had tied Ripon’s Jenna Breaker at the height for first, but was declared the runner-up based on the number of attempts.

The Scots picked up eight points in the shot put, where Raven Robinson tossed the ball a school-record 47’6-1/4 to take third. Allison Devor added the sixth All-American performance of her career, finishing seventh with a throw of 46’0-3/4. On Friday, Devor had finished second in the weight throw with a mark of 60’8-3/4.

Sophomore James Wilson wrapped up the weekend earning All-American status three times. He followed Friday’s national championship long jump of 24’2-1/4” with a fourth-place finish in the open 400 by running a career-best 48.67. Wilson picked up his final All-American honor by teaming with Kiante Green, Raimius Foulkes and Garrett Daniel to run to a fifth-place finish in the 4x400 relay in 3:17.82.

Monmouth’s 5-6 finish is the best combined finish in the history of the program.