FRESNO, Calif. – The Bethel College track and field team had a couple of shining moments at the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Championships, May 24-26 at Fresno Pacific University, when two of its javelin throwers placed in the top six.
Jeff Buller, junior from Inman, Kan., won the title of national champion in the javelin event by throwing 216-03, breaking his own previous school record and beating out the second-place throw by more than seven feet. Buller placed third in the event at NAIA in 2006 and fifth in 2005.
David Daugharthy, freshman from Iola, Kan., placed sixth nationally by throwing his personal best, 197-05. Both athletes earned All-American Honors with their finishes. Bethel’s track team is led by head coach Tracy Tuttle and assistant coaches Cory Ferralez and Travis Graber.
Nearly 300 member institutions throughout the United States and Canada make up the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Visit the NAIA Web site at www.naia.org for complete records from the meet.
Bethel College is a four-year liberal arts college affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. Founded in 1887, it is the oldest Mennonite college in North America. Bethel is known for its academic excellence and has been named a Top Tier college by U.S. News & World Report every year since 1998. For more information, see the Bethel Web site at www.bethelks.edu.