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Buller repeats as national javelin champion

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College student-athlete Jeff Buller, senior from Inman, repeated his national championship in javelin, throwing 214' 8'' to take first place at the NAIA Nationals May 22 in Edwardsville, Ill.

Buller completes his undergraduate track and field career as a four-time All-American. He graduates from Bethel May 25 with a degree in physics and plans to study aerospace engineering at Wichita State University.

Buller’s teammate Garrett Hiebert, freshman from Goessel, placed 6th at the National Championships with a throw of 194' 7'', which earned him All-American status as well.

David Daugharthy, sophomore from Iola, finished 9th at 190' 5''. The three finished the regular season on top in their event in the KCAC and ranked second, seventh and 13th, respectively, in the nation.

Bethel’s track and field coach is Tracy Tuttle, assisted by Travis Graber and Stacy Koontz. Koontz, a 1995 Bethel graduate, still holds the school and KCAC records in women’s javelin.

Tuttle was named NAIA Region IV Coach of the Year for 2008. He is an assistant professor of physics at Bethel and a former decathlete and All-American at Fort Hays State University.

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. In sports, Bethel is part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC). For more information, see the Bethel web site at

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