Mount Mercy News
Photo courtesy of Diane Higgins.
Photo courtesy of Diane Higgins.
Track & Field - Sat, May. 25, 2013

MARION, Ind. -- Larissa Wilden became an outdoor all-American in the high jump for the second year in a row on Saturday and the Mount Mercy 4x100 meter relay team clinched the first all-America honor for a Mustang relay squad on the final day of the 33rd Annual NAIA Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Indiana Wesleyan University.

With a leap of 5'-4 1/4", Wilden tied for eighth in the high jump. She was runner-up at the 2012 outdoor national meet and is a two-time indoor all-American as well, finishing sixth as a junior and fourth earlier this year. Wilden also took fifth in the pentathlon at the 2013 NAIA Indoor Track & Field Championships.

Wilden, freshman Maryann Dike and seniors Jenna Higgins and Mwale Kapande teamed up for an eighth-place finish in the 4x100 meter relay with a time of :47.34. That's the first relay team in school history to record an all-America performance at an indoor or outdoor national meet. Higgins, Wilden and Kapande each end their careers with at least six all-America honors. Higgins leads the way with seven, while Wilden and Kapande own six apiece.

Indiana Tech won the NAIA women's national championship with 122 points, followed by Oklahoma Baptist (82.75), British Columbia (51), Concordia (Ore.) (48) and Doane (Neb.) (39.20). Mount Mercy finished 17th with 20.20 points.