Hornets on platform at National Outdoor Track and Field Championships
Hurdler Etheridge wins national championship
For the first time in school history, the Emporia State men were on the podium at the end of the NCAA Division II National Outdoor Track and Field Championships with a fourth place finish in Turlock, Calif. It is the best team finish for the Hornets as a Division II school.
Andrew Etheridge, Wichita, gave the Hornets a big boost by winning the national championship as a freshman. His 14.02 time in the 110m hurdles edged out the second place finisher by .01 second.
Josh Schuler, Frisco, Tex., provided 17.5 points for the Hornets in his final collegiate competition for ESU. The senior set school records in the 100m and 200m dashes. He ran a 10.26 in the 100m to finish second and 20.75 in the 200m for another second place performance. He broke his own records in both events.
Schuler and Etheridge were both members of ESU’s 400m relay team that placed third. They combined with Derwin Hall, Blue Springs, Mo., and Shjuan Richardson, Muskogee, Okla., to run a 40.70 in the relay.
Josh Honeycutt, Iola, picked up his third straight All-American honor in the outdoor triple jump and sixth overall indoors and outdoors.
“For awhile the men were really getting points in chunks,” said ESU head coach Dave Harris. “What can you say about Andrew’s win in the hurdles – other than just wow!”
Katie Mona, Lenexa, made sure the ESU women scored at the national meet for the 17th time since 1994 with a seventh place finish in the 800m.
Defending national champion Jennifer Robinson, Altamont, cleared 5-05.00 (1.65m) to place 11th in the high jump.