According to a memo released by the NCAA earlier this month, scoring adjustments have been made to the results of the 2005 NCAA Division III Men’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships due to “eligibility issues involving member institutions”.
As a result, the Nebraska Wesleyan men’s 4x100-meter relay team has been declared the national champion. The relay made up of Gordie Coffin (Osceola, Neb., Osceola High School), Matt Turman (Lincoln, Neb., Southeast High School), Jeff Aldrich (Seward, Neb., Seward High School) and Bret Blake (Lincoln, Neb., Northeast High School) originally placed second in a school-record time of 40.47 at the championships in Waverly, Iowa on May 28, 2005.
"Going into the meet we felt like we had a good chance to win the 4x100 relay,” Head Coach Dr. Ted Bulling said. “The guys certainly ran fast enough, but another team just ran a little faster.
“We accepted it at the time, but the NCAA has set things right even though we missed out on the excitement of winning at the moment,” Bulling said. “The 40 seconds of the 4x100 relay at the NCAA championship is about as intense as it gets.”
The NWU men’s point total increased, but their third-place team finish remained unchanged. The NCAA’s ruling did not affect the team places for any of the top four institutions in the final standings.