JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. — Michael Ohioze earned all-American honors in three events Saturday, helping the St. Ambrose men’s track team to its best finish ever at the NAIA Indoor National Track & Field Championships.
The senior finished second in the 400-meter dash and took eighth in the 200 before anchoring the Bees to a fifth-place finish in the 1,600 relay.
That all added up to a fourth-place finish for St. Ambrose, which ended up the indoor season three points out of third with its 36 points and nearly doubled the program’s previous best national meet point total of 20.
Ohioze ran the 400 in 48.57 seconds to take runner-up honors in the 400 to Jahnoy Thompson, a sophomore from Southern-New Orleans who blew past the field to cross the finish line in a time of :48.06.
In the 200, Ohioze finished in :21.85 which was good for eighth place in the meet but topped the St. Ambrose school record of :22.44 set by Jim Warren in 2015.
The senior from London also anchored the Bees to a win in their heat in the 1,600 relay final.
Jack Reemtsma, a sophomore from Davenport Central, senior Matt Ferris and junior Rane Nichols teamed with Ohioze to finish with a time of 3 minutes, 16.79 seconds.
Morrison native Brandi Hosford earned all-American honors for the St. Ambrose women’s team with a seventh-place finish in the triple jump with a jump of 37 feet, 9.5 inches.
The St. Ambrose women’s team finished with 12 team points and ended in 25th place.