GULF SHORES, Ala. — Northwest Christian senior Bailey Dell is a national champion in the javelin.
The Beacons' school record-holder won the event with the four longest throws of the competition Thursday on the opening day of the NAIA National Track and Field Championships at Mickey Miller Blackwell Stadium.
Bell took the lead with her opening-round throw of 152 feet, 4 inches. She clinched the win with her second-round throw of 155-1. She later had throws of 154-11 and 155-7 (the winning mark) and 155-5 to win over Morningside junior Kati Kneifl, who was in second most of the competition and finished with a best of 153-8.
Northwest Univeristy's Anna Miller was third at 146-9.
It was also a good day for two Northwest Christian women's 3,000 steeplechasers as Anika Rasubala and Cassandra Brownell both finished in the top 14 in the preliminaries to advance to Saturday's final. Rasubala finished with the eighth-best qualifying time at 11 minutes, 5.84 seconds and Brownell had the 14th-best time at 11:26.65.
In the men's javelin, the Beacons' Christian Hackney and Aaron Hackney finished 11th and 13th, respectively. Christian Hackney had a best of 185-3 and Aaron Hackney had a best of 179-0. Oregon Tech's Hunter Drops won the event with a throw of 214-7.
In the men's 1,500 prelims, Northwest Christian's Garrett Kraal finished 13th in 3:58.83 with only the top 12 advancing to Saturday's final.