Mens Track & Field

Wright (Menlo) named, NAIA All-American

Date of competition: Sunday, May 27, 2018

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Tommy Wright became Menlo College's first track and field All-American when he finished eighth in the long jump on day two of the NAIA National Championship in Gulf Shores, Alabama

Da'Schele Sauls was the program's first female athlete to qualify for the national tournament. She finished fourth in her heat of the 200 with a time of 25.08, finishing 23rd overall.

"Shelly competed with ferocity and class all season," Oaks coach Dan Noel said. "She inspired our entire team with every performance, and I cannot imagine a more deserving person to be Menlo's first female competitor at the Track and Field Nationals."

Wright jumped 23-6 to secure the eighth spot, one-quarter of an inch behind Qua Stocks of Reinhardt for seventh. Goabaone Mosheleketi of Lindsey Wilson earned the national title with a mark of 24-7 3/4.

"Tommy worked incredibly hard on and off the track to make this a reality," Noel said. "To do as well as he did after three years away from the sport is nothing short of amazing."

Wright, along with Jonnythan Munkholm, also competed in the triple jump. Wright finished with a 47-1 3/4. Munkholm reached 45-10 on his final jump of the day. Wright finished 15th out of 32 and Munkholm placed 20th.

"Jonny is not only our first ever two-time national qualifier, but he also helped establish a foundation for our entire program," Noel said. "We are so proud of him and will miss him dearly."

Wiley College took home the national title on the men's side, scoring 92 points. Indiana Tech was second with 62 points. On the women's side, Southern-New Orleans took home the top spot in a very close battle with British Columbia, winning 64-62.

posted by Rick Eymer on May 27, 2018 at 8:14 pm


Tommy Wright earned NAIA All-American honors in the long jump. Photo courtesy of Menlo Athletics.

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