Emily Wyatt and Beth Stam Represent George Fox at Nationals Well
George Fox University’s Emily Wyatt earned fifth place in the women’s long jump and earned All-American status, while Beth Stam finished ninth in the women’s pentathlon at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field National Championship on Feb. 8 in Naperville, Ill.
Wyatt, who was seeded third entering the weekend with a Bruin record of 19-0/5.79m in the long jump, had her best mark of the meet on her sixth and final attempt reaching 18-4.5/5.60m.
“My goals going into the meet was to make the finals and ultimately be an All-American (top 8),” said Wyatt. “I also did not want to foul any of my jumps.”
Stam was seeded sixth in the pentathlon, after scoring 3,387 at the Boise State Team Challenge, but she finished the national meet with 3,317 points to place ninth.
Head coach John Smith was named 2013 West Region Women’s Indoor Head Coach of the year. Assistant coach Doug Beatty was voted the 2013 West Region Women’s Indoor Assistant Coach of the Year. Wyatt took both the Track and the Field Athlete of the year awards.
“I felt great, but I feel like I could’ve done better,” said Wyatt. “I came in ranked third and got fifth. I jumped my best, but I know I have more in me. For the remainder of the outdoor season, I hope to break my own outdoor long jump record with 19+ jump. I hope to go to nationals again in May, and that my 4×1 relay team wins the conference meet.”