GENEVA, Ohio -- Four Mount Mercy track & field standouts, including three former all-Americans, headed to Ohio today ahead of the 33rd Annual NAIA Indoor Track & Field National Championships, which get underway on Thursday at the Spire Institute.
Senior Larissa Wilden will compete in three events for the Mustangs, beginning with the pentathlon on Thursday at noon Central Time. She has the sixth-highest point total in the NAIA this winter. It's her national meet debut in the pentathlon, but she's no stranger to the national championships.
Wilden is also competing in the high jump for the third time in four years and in the 60 meter hurdles for the second year in a row. She has the second-best leap in the NAIA this season, and comes in ranked 16th in the 60 meter hurdles. Wilden was an indoor all-American in the high jump as a junior.
Senior Mwale Kapande is also competing in multiple events. It's her second straight national meet in the long jump. She was an all-American last year and is ranked 16th in the NAIA this season. Kapande is also one of two Mustangs racing in the 60 meter dash. She ranks 30th in the nation in that event this winter.
Senior Jenna Higgins will also race in the 60 meter dash for the third year in a row. She was sixth in the 60 meters last winter to garner all-America honors. Higgins is Mount Mercy's only four-time NAIA all-American in track & field. In addition to the indoor 60 meters, she is a three-time all-American in the javelin, including a national championship as a sophomore.
Senior Andre Moodie is making his debut at the national championships. He qualified in the 800 meter run and enters the national meet ranked 41st in the event. Moodie was runner-up in the 800 meters at the Midwest Collegiate Conference Indoor Championships earlier this month.
For the first time ever, the NAIA will offer a free, live video stream of the men's and women's indoor national championships Feb. 28-March 2. The NAIA has partnered with NeuLion and the broadcasts can be seen on the NAIA Network at www.naia.org. NeuLion is the NAIA's digital media partner and official video streaming company of 12 NAIA championship events.