Collegiate Indoor RW Nationals (Results)

2004 NAIA Indoor National T&F Championships
Johnson City, Tenn
Friday, March 6th

Times were slow this year at the NAIA indoor championships.  Relative youth
was one factor, which is not a negative!  But the next two factors were.
The first was physical, the hot, dry conditions within the Field House as
summer like weather warmed the arena from outside.

The second was emotional.  Out of the prior day's "head" coaches meeting,
word had spread among the athletes of a very questionable 80-69 vote, the
result of which will be a letter to the NAIA's Council of Athletic
Administrators recommending the elimination of the RW from the national
meet program.  Afterwards, many felt this knowledge was more energy
draining than the dry heat...

More to come.  On to the races ...

In the first final on the second day of these national collegiate
championships, Kate Brooker, the 2003 runner-up, broke the race open after
1200 meters and never looked back.  Brooker, a junior from Simon Fraser
College, piled up a 50 second advantage by the races end.  But the battle
for second was intense with former USA Junior Team  member Emma Carter
outlasting an exhausted Billie Robinson in the last lap.

NAIA women's 3000m RW
1. Kate Brooker (JR) Simon Fraser  (BC) 16:28.24
2. Emma Carter (SR) Baker U.  (KS)          17:18.48
3. Billie Robinson (SO) Rio Grande U (OH)  17:31.49
4. Beth Lewis (JR) Central Methodist U      17:54.58
5. Kristin Barnett (JR) Rio Grande U (OH)   18:15.76
6. Ashley Thomas (SO) Malone College (OH) 18:30.36
7. Jennie Day (JR) Dakota Wesleyan (SD)   19:24.76
8. Britteny Williams (FR) Mount Mary (SD)  19:36.53
9. Brittani Lyons (FR) Malone College (OH)  19:45.17
10. Brooke Cooper (SO) Central Methodist   20:34.99


In the men's race a tight pack of 4 walked together thru the first 900
meters. Caio Soares, a Brazilian who has lived in the USA for the past 10
years,  and Pat Stroupe, a Central Methodist frosh, then went to the
led.  Walking shoulder to shoulder, elbow to elbow, the duo hammered the
pace.   The tight race ended with 300 meters to go when Soares started his
sprint to the finish.  Stroupe never gave up, but was noticeable
tired.  This duo could go a lot faster with experience.  None of these 6
athletes competed in last year's Indoor Nationals.

Men's 3000m Racewalk
1. Caio Soares (JR) Berry College (Ga)  14:37.30
2. Patrick Stroupe (FR) Central Methodist  14:55.42
3. Matt Hein (SR) Dakota Wesleyan (SD)   16:03.84
4. Nick Bartlett (JR) Concordia (NE)          16:18.33
5. Tim Thurber (SO) Concordia (NE)        18:37.40
6. Jon Ripke (FR) Concordia (NE)          18:44.97

Judges: Bobby Baker, Ron Chase, Jim Fields, Brian Buckner, Vince Peters (HJ)
recorder: Ruth Ketrum

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