This was third and final day of a meet hosted by Johnson C. Smith University. Texas A&M-Kingsville (men) and MIAA-member Lincoln (women) won team national championships.
Both Stapleman (pole vault) and Bartling (shot put) came in 10th place in their respective event; the USTFCCA (U.S. Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Assoc.) began awarding second-team All-American honors for ninth-12th place finishers during 2015-16 season. Places one through eight are first-team All-Americans.
To start an overcast day, Stapleman (Fairfield Sandy Creek) cleared the opening height of 16-0 on his third attempt. He then went 16-4 on his second try before bowing out at 16-8. Colorado School of Mines sophomore Jade Pinksto came in first (17-3.75) with the MIAA also finishing fifth, ninth, 11th and 15th in a 20-person field.
Stapleman finished eighth at the NCAA indoor meet in March; he is the first Loper to All-American in both seasons since long jumper Brady Land in 2015.
After missing second-team All-American honors by just nine inches in the discus on Friday night, Bartling (Elm Creek) garnered his first such career accolade with a toss of 57-2.75. He was set to reach the nine-person finals but Wheeling (W.V.) Jesuit’s Alex Pressley went 58-4 in the last throw of the first round.
Bartling had a toss of 56-4.75 on his first attempt before fouling on his second try. Junior Richard Cervantes of TAMUK won the national title (62-8.75) with the MIAA placing sixth, eighth, 11th, 12th and 15th in the 20-person field.
Earlier in the day, Crowder (Utica Centennial) had a top effort of 43-8. Freshman Zada Swoopes of West Texas A&M came in first (54-2.50) with the MIAA finishing third and eighth, respectively. The last All-American honor came in 47-0.25.
Finally, to close out the weekend, Squiers placed 20th out of 24 in the discus with a top heave of 136-3. Angelo (Texas) State sophomore Daisy Osakue was the national champ (194-0) while San Francisco State’s Destiny Mack-Talalemotu (148-5) coming in 12th to earn the final All-American honor.
The only other MIAA qualifier in the event, Fort Hays State senior Courtney Geiger, came in 22nd.