Shimukowa takes third for Phoenix men at NAIA Championships
Saturday, May 25, 2019
Shimukowa takes third for Phoenix men at NAIA Championships
Charles Shimukowa finished third in the 800-meters Saturday at the NAIA Championships. (Credit Michael Wade)

LEBANON, Tenn. – Senior Charles Shimukowa placed third in the 800-meter finals and junior Bumnene Ndebele finished 13th in the triple jump this weekend at the 68th Annual NAIA Men’s Track and Field Championships in Gulf Shores, Ala.

Shimukowa registered the second-best qualifying time in the 800 in 1:52.01 and ran 1:51.54 in the finals for third place. Dordt College’s Matthew Van Eps won the event in 1:50.86.

Ndebele posted a mark of 47-1.5 on his second of three jumps, failing to reach the finals for three more attempts and finishing 13th.

Sophomore Tyler Williams just missed qualifying for the 100-meter finals, posting a time of 10.56 in the prelims, three-hundredths of a second from the final qualifying mark. The men’s 4x400-meter relay placed 13th among 24 teams with a time of 3:14.92 but did not reach the finals while the 4x100-meter relay did not finish.