May 1, 2014
The first day of the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) National Track and Field Championship is in the books and Trinity Lutheran College, in just its first year of competition, has a National Champion.
Janell Alyea won the women’s discus with a throw of 46.70m/153'2.5". A junior, out of Cascade High School and a transfer from Everett Community College, Alyea earned her fourth All-American honor having previously earned three All-American honors at the Junior College level. Alyea, an NWAACC Champion in the Discus for Everett Community College, was understandably pleased with the result.
“I was nervous. I knew that if I just put up a good first mark that I’d be able to focus and settle down the rest of the way,” said Alyea.
Alyea did just that, opening up with a throw that was farther than anyone else in NCCAA so far this year.
“She let everyone know with that first throw that she was here to compete. I’m really proud of her,” said Head Throws Coach Mary Parker.
Alyea was quick to deflect credit for her victory. “I am really blessed to have a great coach,” said Alyea. “I know that God made this possible and all the credit and the glory for this belong to Him.”
Alyea was not the only Trinity athlete with an exceptional day one performance.
“Everyone who competed today did phenomenally,” said Head Sprints and Jumps Coach Norman Warren.
“Anthony Manago overcame extreme adversity to step it up big time. He competed like a champion today,” said Warren.
The adversity that Coach Warren is referring to happened on Mango’s second jump; his second foul attempt. Manago slipped on the new board installed for this competition and twisted his ankle before falling forward into the pit. He came back on an injured ankle and facing elimination posted a 6.61m jump propelling him into the top five and securing a position in the final.
After a visit to the training table, Manago returned taped up, but limping for the final. On his first attempt Manago posted a personal record 6.71/22’0.25” mark, earning 4th place.
Hunter Hammer, a sophomore out of Coupeville High School posted a new personal record in the Hammer Throw of 47.39m/155’ 5.75” which was good for a 5th place finish. Hammer will also be competing in the Shot Put and Discus Throws at the NCCAA Meet on Friday and Saturday.
“Hunter set a PR mark on each of his first two throws. He looked great today and I can’t wait for the Shot and the Disc,” said Coach Parker.
McKenna Woodworth, a freshman from Sumner High School posted a solid time of 1:11.09a – good for 4th in her heat. Woodworth, who did not advance to the final, still has the 100m hurdles on Friday.
“I’m really proud of McKenna. She has been battling a pretty bad head cold all week and she ran a gutsy race,” said Coach Warren.
The Eagles have two more days of competition.
Live streaming high definition video will be broadcast on the TSG Network.
Heat sheets, live streaming results, the schedule of events and all other meet information are available on the Official Meet Website.