NAIA Men's Track National Championships Recap: Day 3 - Marathon
May 26, 2012
MARION, Ind. -- The gun went off for the start of the men’s marathon at 6:00 AM Saturday morning in Marion, Indiana. Competing for the Mustangs in the 26.2 mile race of the NAIA National Championship event were senior Josiah Downer and junior Camden McAlister. Having put together quality training all season long, the two men were well prepared for what the next hours would bring. “Not many athletes actually do the work need to put together a strong marathon,” said Coach Schroeder. “Anybody can run a decent half, but it’s what happens after that shows who in field has done the work.”
Going into the race, Josiah Downer had hopes of earning All American Honors for TMC. Working his way up in the field throughout the majority of the race, Downer found himself in 10th place at the 20 mile mark. With the top 8 finishers named All Americans, Downer had a legitimate shot at accomplishing his goal. Unfortunately, Downer dropped back several places during the final 10k of the race. Finishing 13th overall, the Mustang had a phenomenal performance, crossing the line in 2 hours, 39 minutes, and 53 seconds; a fantastic showing for what was Downer’s debut in the event.
Camden McAlister also put together a tremendous race, running consistently throughout. Looking strong as he crossed the line, the junior finished in 2 hours, 52 minutes, and 48 seconds; this was also McAlister’s first marathon. With a solid first outing under his belt, McAlister plans to return to the marathon his senior year in hopes of earning an All American title.
To read a full recap of the third day by the NAIA, click here.