Men's track posts 6th-place finish at NAIA Outdoor Nationals

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Nick Dodson narrowly missed out on his first individual national title in the 400 hurdles

Nick Dodson narrowly missed out on his first individual national title in the 400 hurdles

May 29, 2010

Marion, Ind. - Perhaps things did not go exactly as they had anticipated.

Nevertheless, what the Shorter College men's track and field team accomplished in Marion, Ind., over the last three days was something of which the entire Hawk Nation is incredibly proud.

The Hawks made it two straight national top 10 finishes by placing sixth at the 2010 NAIA Outdoor Track and Field Championships held on the campus of Indiana Wesleyan University.

The three-time defending Mid-South Conference champions totaled 35 points over the three-day event, finishing five points out of a top-five placing.

Wayland Baptist took home the title with 70 points. Dickinson State (51), British Columbia (46), Oklahoma Baptist (45) and Concordia (Ore.) (40) rounded out the meet's top five finishers.

Shorter came into the 2010 nationals looking to better its fifth place finish in last year's national championships held in St. Louis, Mo. Although it was not to be this time around, the Hawks left no doubt that they belong among the nation's elite throughout the competition.

Two athletes and one relay team pointed for the Hawks on Saturday.

Nick Dodson led the way with a runner-up finish in the 400-meter hurdles. The senior out of Thomasville, Ga., had entered the final as the event's No. 1 seed, having turned in runner-up finished in each of the past two seasons.

Dodson finished the race in a time of 50.88 while Dickinson State's Allan Ayala edged Dodson to repeat as 400 hurdles national champion in a time of 50.69.

Montez Valentine finished eighth in the 200-meter dash in 21.33 seconds before teaming up with Dodson, Randall Dameron and Terence Scruggs to place fifth in the men's 4x400-meter relay (3:11.00).

Shorter has become a household name in track and field throughout the country, having now posted consecutive top 10 finishes at the NAIA Outdoor National Championship.

Of the Hawks' major point producers from the 2009-10 season, just four - Dodson, Valentine, N'aithan Scott and Allen O'Neal - are seniors, boding well for a future that appears as bright as ever.

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