Grace to Host Track and Field Nationals
by McCalah Mast
In just two weeks, Grace College will host roughly 29 teams for the NCCAA Outdoor Track & Field Nationals. This meet will take place at the Bernard and Linnie Key Track & Field Complex May 10 and 11.
Grace has signed a two year commitment with NCCAA to host nationals, which means they will host it this year and next year. NCCAA stands for National Christian College Athletic Association. When asked about the uniqueness of NCCAA, Grace College’s Track & Field Head Coach Jeff Raymond said, “The mission of NCCAA is to spread the gospel, and athletes who may not be Christians are then around other people who are, and somehow or in some way someone will be impacted.”
In order to host such a large track meet, a lot of work must be done. Some behind the scenes work that has been done includes contacting hotels to save rooms for the incoming teams; purchasing new equipment, contacting officials, and finding many volunteers to help during the actual meet. Roughly 29 schools will be represented at this meet, and about 20 Grace Track athletes will be competing. To compete in NCCAA you must qualify by meeting a pre-set standard in your event.
On Thursday May 10 some field events will take place along with prelims for running events including the following: the 10,000 meter run, the 4×800 meter relay, and some combined events for the decathlon and heptathlon. On Friday May 11th the remaining field events will take place along with the final running events and the final combined events for the decathlon and heptathlon. The meet will start at 8:30 a.m. both days.
The night before the meet, there will be a praise and worship service in the MOCC for all teams and athletes competing in NCCAA. This will be an opportunity for all teams to get together under one roof to praise God, celebrate their successes, receive some awards, and hear from some speakers. If you happen to be around campus during May 10 and 11, run on over to the Bernard and Linnie Key Track & Field Complex and cheer on your lancers as they compete.