How much are a pair of medals in javelin worth for the Bethel College men’s track team?

Try a top 25 finish.

The Threshers finished 24th in the team standings out of 58 scoring teams at the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics 2008 National Track and Field Championships at Ralph Korte Stadium in Edwardsville, Ill.


How much are a pair of medals in javelin worth for the Bethel College men’s track team?

Try a top 25 finish.

The Threshers finished 24th in the team standings out of 58 scoring teams at the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics 2008 National Track and Field Championships at Ralph Korte Stadium in Edwardsville, Ill.

Azusa Pacific won the men’s team title with 61 points, followed by Dickinson State at 58, Oklahoma Baptist at 55, Doane at 51 and Concordia (Ore.) at 46.

Bethel was the leading Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference team in the standings with 13 points. Southwestern tied for 35th with eight points. There were 59 teams scoring.

Bethel’s Jeff Buller won the javelin title in 214-8. Freshman Garrett Hiebert was sixth at 194-7. Sophomore David Daugherty finished in ninth in 190-5.

“They all did a fantastic job,” Bethel coach Tracy Tuttle said. “They all represented Bethel very well. To see three javelin throwers from one school was very special. To have two guys again on the podium was really fantastic for the program and for Bethel.”

Tuttle was voted the NAIA coach of the year for Region IV.

The Tabor women finished in 18th in the prelims of the women’s 4x400-meter relay in 4:01.46. Brianna Wray finished 16th in the women’s shot put at 39-10 1/2. Jeff Harms of Tabor failed to make the opening height of 6-5 in the men’s high jump.

In other finishes involving area athletes, Abri Houser, a Newton High School grad who is a junior at Goshen College, placed 14th in the women’s 100-meter high hurdles in 14.97. She finished 14th in the 400-meter low hurdles in 1:04.84. Goshen tied for 38th in the women’s team standings.

Kate Topham, a sophomore at Southwestern and a Peabody-Burns graduate, placed 17th in the women’s marathon in three hours, 21 minutes and 41 seconds. Southwestern tied for 34th in the women’s team standings.