Bowers claims 4th CU National Title; Men and Women post 14th Place Finishes
Saturday, March 4, 2023
Bowers claims 4th CU National Title; Men and Women post 14th Place Finishes
Jason Bowers wins the NAIA Indoor Track & Field National Championship in the Mile Run. (Credit: Brett Pierce)

BROOKINGS, S.D.--Jason Bowers brings home the fourth individual national championship in Cumberland Track & Field history while the Phoenix notch six All-Americans in the event. 

The Phoenix men posted a 14th place finish chalking up 20 points while the women also posted a 14th place finish with 16 points. 

Bowers cruised past the competition in the mile, winning by five seconds with a time of 4:03.72. The win is also his second All-American honors after the year after receiving the accolades during cross country season. 

Praise Idamadudu had two All-American finishes including two National Runner-Ups in the 60m and 200m. Idamadudu is now a six-time NAIA All-American through just three national championship events during her career. She posted a time of 7.43 in the 60m and a time of 23.96 in the 200m for second in both events. Talayla Davis from Life University won both the 60m and 200m events. 

Joel Forbes finished in 8th in the 600m to earn his first career All-American recognition. Forbes posted a time of 1:22.51.

Iredia Goodness and Jaylen Poole each took on the triple jump on the final day of action. Goodness nabbed his second All-American honors of the Tournament. He finished in eighth in the triple jump after qualifying for the finals. He passed on his three finals jumps, but still did well enough in the semis to garner All-American accolades with a jump of 14.80m. Jaylen Poole took 11th place in the event with a jump of 14.68m just missing out on the finals by .04 meters or an inch and a half. 

Daveina Watson 23rd place in the women’s shot put with a mark of 12.73m. 

The event marks the final Indoor meet of the season for the Phoenix. Now the track & Field program will turn their attention to the outdoor season.