McDonald finishes fifth in NAIA Marathon Championship, earning spot on NAIA All-America Team; Chelulei places 12th in men's marathon
(MARION, Ind.) Lindsey McDonald became Park University's newest Track and Field All-American and set a new school record in the process, finishing fifth in the NAIA Marathon Championship Saturday (May 25) in Marion, Ind., finishing the 26.2-mile race in 3:00.52 at the 2013 NAIA Track and Field National Championship.
"Today I had an opportunity to complete a goal, and I was able to do it," McDonald said. "I can't thank Coach (Brian) Renshaw enough for the opportunity to finish my career this way."
McDonald ran last season's race and finished outside the top 10, moving in to fifth place in 2013 to become the team's only All-American in 2013.
Thomas Chelulei also ran the marathon on the men's side, finishing 24th in 2:39.37.
"Iím proud of the way both Thomas and Lindsey ran," Renshaw said. "For Lindsey, this is a lot of hard work culminating in one really great race. She started as a really novice runner at Park and became an All-American."
Chelulei and McDonald were Park's final two competitors for the 2013 NAIA Track and Field National Championship.