The Nebraska Wesleyan men's 4x100 meter relay was the National Runner-up at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships on May 22-24 in Oshkosh, Wis.
Juniors Dan Bittner (Fremont, Neb.) and Matt Glasnapp (Beaver Lake, Neb.) joined senior Austin Novotny (Lincoln, Neb.) and sophomore Andy Coppersmith (Wallace, Neb.) to run a 40.77 in the 4x100 finals to finish as the runner-up. McMurry University won the race with a time of 40.54.
NWU's time of 40.77 was the third fastest in school history. The runner-up relay team also had to use a last minute alternate as Jason Peters was injured during his 200 meter dash on Thursday so Andy Coppersmith filled in for Peters in the finals.
For the NWU women, a pair of individuals earned All-America honors. Senior Holly Andrews (Seward, Neb.) ran a time of 14.10 to place third in the 100 meter hurdles. Andrews time of 14.10 set a new school record in the event, breaking former NWU track great Kim Oden's time of 14.24. Andrews finishes her outstanding career as a three-time All-American. She was third in the 55 meter hurdles at the 2008 NCAA Indoor Championships and placed eighth in the 100 hurdles as a junior in 2007.
Senior Lindsey Snowdon (Niobrara, Neb.) also was an All-American as she placed sixth in the women's heptathlon. Snowdon scored 4,547 points in the event. Her point total earlier in the year of 4,594 ranks second all-time at NWU behind only Oden.
Snowdon also competed in the women's javelin throw and just missed All-America honors as she placed ninth in the event with a throw of 131-8. She is third all-time at NWU in that event.
Also just missing All-America honors was the women's 4x100 meter relay team. The group of Anne Kersenbrock, Holly Andrews, Michelle Tiedtke and Katie Dobesh ran a time of 48.33 to place ninth in the event.
The NWU women finished with 9.0 team points to tie for 30th place, while the NWU men finished with 8.0 team points to tie for 37th.