UMO Track and Field Capture Three Top-Five All-Americans On Final Day Of NCAA DII National Championship

UMO Track and Field Capture Three Top-Five All-Americans On Final Day Of NCAA DII National Championship

KINGSVILLE, TEXAS. – The University of Mount Olive men's and women's track & field team wrapped up the final day of the NCAA DII Outdoor Track & Field National Championships by earning three top-5 finishes and first-team All-Americans on Saturday in Kingsville, Texas. The Trojans all-americans in the 4x100, women's 5000m, 4x400m and previously earned an AA title in the women's 3000m to bring the total number to four All-Americans for the championship weekend.

Location: Kingsville, Texas.










Event Finish


Zach Teeple DNS - -
4x100m    40:84 3rd/7 1st
  Johnny Middlebrooks      
Sven Bulik    
  Trevor Carr      
  Zach Jenkins      
  Leah Hanle 17:21.86 3rd/22 1st
  Tai Smith 15:20.07 20/21 -
4x400m   3:08.90 3rd/8 1st
  Arne Leppelsack -    
  Johnny Middlebrooks -    
  Richard Fisher 47.06    
  Tedric Shannon 46.51    

















  • The men's javelin was the first event to get underway for Mount Olive in the national championship on the final day, but a technical error prevented the Trojan from competing and a mark was not made.
  • The men's 4x100m relay team ran a nearly identical time in the finals as they did in the prelims clocking in .26 slower than Friday's time.
  • Middlebrooks, Bulik, Carr, and Jenkins, however, finished the race with a third-place time and first-team All-American honors to claim for the first AA of the day.
  • The women's 5000m was the next event for UMO to try and claim an AA and Hanle's second of the championship.
  • Hanle started off in the top-five and made her way to the lead of the pack after the 2600m mark and held that position until falling after the 3400m mark.
  • She fell to as low as fourth before rebounding to push for third in the final 400m and took third for her second first-team All-American.
  • Tai Smith came out of the gates strong in the first 1000m during the men's 5000m but over the next 1200m, he faded quickly dropping to 18th. 
  • He was unable to recover and in the final 400m fell two more spots and finished 20th well outside the needed place for AA status.
  • The 4x400m relay team shaved nearly three seconds off their prelims time and took third in the 4x400m men's relay finals and grabbed the final All-American on the championship.
  • Arne Leppelsack, Johnny Middlebrooks, Richard Fisher, Tedric Shannon, and Leah Hanle became the only Trojan this season to repeat as All-Americans from the indoor and outdoor seasons.


  • Mount Olive's season comes to a close with the conclusion of the spring outdoor championship.