Mount Mercy News
Track & Field - Sat, Mar. 3, 2012

GENEVA, Ohio -- Mount Mercy landed an unprecedented four all-Americans at the 32nd Annual NAIA Indoor Track & Field National Championships on Friday and Saturday at the SPIRE Institute.

Junior Mwale Kapande was the first Mustang to earn all-America honors, placing eighth in the long jump competition on Friday. She broke her own school record with a leap of 18'-3" on her final attempt.

Junior Jenna Higgins and senior Jacqueline Kane kept it going on Saturday. Higgins became Mount Mercy's first three-time all-American and the first student-athlete in school history to earn all-America honors in more than one event in her career. She was an outdoor all-American in the javelin in 2010, won the national championship in the javelin at last spring's NAIA outdoor meet and on Saturday took sixth in the 60 meter dash with a school-record time of :07.62. Higgins also shattered her own school mark while finishing 22nd in the 200 meter dash (:25.42).

Kane repeated as an all-American in the 600 meter run on Saturday. After finishing fifth at last year's indoor national meet, she took fourth this time around.

Junior Larissa Wilden also competed in a pair of events for Mount Mercy. She broke the school record in the 60 meter hurdles, placing 19th in :09.30, then earned all-America honors in the high jump with a top leap of 5'-3 3/4". That was good for sixth place on Saturday.

Mount Mercy's Nathan Stern competed in the shot put and finished 19th out of 24 competitors with the second-best throw in school history (50'-1/2"). Stern owns the school record of 51'-1" at the Midwest Collegiate Conference Championships in February.