GULF SHORES, Ala. – The Grace College track and field team sent six individuals to the 2018 NAIA Outdoor National Championships to wrap up the season.
Isaac Stuckey highlighted Grace’s representation when he placed fourth in the hammer throw. His toss of 194-feet-5 broke his own school record and earned All-American status.
Stuckey became just the third outdoor NAIA All-American in program history.
Jacob Brown also competed in the hammer. He recorded a mark of 182-6 which placed him 10th, one spot out of the finals.
“Isaac is a great story, coming from no track and field experience three years ago, to being an All-American. He’s proof that hard work pays off,” said Grace head coach Jeff Raymond. “Coach Adam Miller has done a great job getting both Isaac and Jacob in the top 10 at nationals. Along with a school record in the shot put (Walker Hobbs) and an NCCAA champion in the javelin (Thomas Hickerson), this has been a fantastic year for our throwers.”
The men’s 4×800-meter relay also competed at NAIA Nationals. The foursome of Brady Willard, Jonathan Balda, Brendan Hamilton and Sam Hall placed 22nd overall.
“It was a tough race for the relay, but that happens sometime when three of the four were making their first appearance at nationals. It was a great accomplishment to qualify, and they will learn from the experience,” Raymond said.