Sun, Jun. 3, 2012 - [Track & Field]
The University of the Cumberlands (UC) Track and Field program wrapped up its season this past week at the 2012 NAIA National Championships. While only certain individuals participated in the National Championships, one particular Patriot did well enough at the meet to be named an NAIA All-American.
On the women's side, senior Lauren Kachel (Pickerington, OH) competed in the Women's Marathon event finishing with a time of 3:07:51.30. With her 8thplace finish, Kachel was deemed an NAIA Women's Outdoor Track and Field All-American. This is the first All-American honor earned by a Patriot lady since Stephanie Woodfinin 2005. She is also the first Patriot overall to earn All-American honors since Jordan Jeffers and Eric Tisdol back in 2008.
Head Coach Floyd Stroud commented, "This marathon run by Lauren was nothing short of exceptional. She broke the school record by nearly 10 minutes which is absolutely amazing. Lauren also became the first Patriot to ever become an All-American in the Marathon. She's put in the work and the mileage over the last four years and it's a great honor for her. She also was an Academic All-American which shows just how dedicated she is in all areas. It will be tough to replace such a strong athlete as Lauren."
For more information on the Patriots Track and Field programs along with other Patriot athletics, please visit www.cumberlandspatriots.com.