Montreat College
photo cred: Abbey Chevalier
photo cred: Abbey Chevalier
Track and Field - Tue, Mar. 7, 2017

JOHNSON CITY, TN - The Montreat College track & field team wrapped up the indoor season in style as Lydia Wilson (FR/Smithfield, VA) represented the team at the 2017 NAIA Indoor Track & Field National Championships, which were contested March 2-4 in Johnson City, TN.

On Thursday, the freshman phenom kicked off the weekend by competing in the 5,000m race. In a tactical race dominated by upperclassmen, Wilson finished 9th in her heat with a time of 18:20.47. After a day off on Friday, Wilson returned to compete in the finals of the mile. The second race proved to be the charm as Wilson raced to an 8th place finish with a new school-record time of 5:06.75. By virtue of her top-eight finish, Wilson earned All-American status, becoming the first Montreat track & field student-athlete to reach the podium.

"After a difficult week for our team and community, I thought it was very brave of Lydia to come out and compet this weekend," said Director of Cross Country/Track & Field Jason Lewkowicz. "She got a good education in tactical racing in the 5k prelims on Friday and used that knowledge to help her reach the podium in the mile on Saturday. Lydia made us all proud not only by her performance, but by the humble and God-honoring way that she represented herself over the weekend." 

Wilson and her Cavalier teammates will have a weekend off before kicking off the outdoor season March 17th & 18th at UNC-Charlotte.

You can see the full list of NAIA Indoor Track & Field All-Americans HERE

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