Matthews began the day facing 26.2 miles in the women’s marathon. Three hours, 1 minute and nearly 17 seconds later, the senior crossed the finish line in seventh place. Monika Kalicinska of St. Gregory’s University was the winner at 2:50:52.70.
“Ashley did a great job today in her first marathon,” said Lee head coach Caleb Morgan. “She ran like a veteran, racing very smart. Her time would be competitive in any major marathon around the country.”
Bryan improved upon her qualifying time by over a second to finish the 800-meter run with a time of 2:10.48. That time placed her in fourth with Hannah Helker of Oklahoma Baptist earning the title at 2:07.23.
“Cayce did a great job in a race that was tactical with a slow early pace. She closed very well and shaved over a second off her personal best with a new school record,” added Morgan.
Mike Walker finished 12th in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. His time of 9:37.21 was 42 seconds behind Eastern Oregon University’s Isaac Updike (8:55.16).
“We have had multiple NAIA All-Americans in indoor track, but never in outdoor until today, and we had two. Mike Walker came up slightly short in the steeple but will return for his final season next spring. Overall, this was a record-setting year for Lee University and we return everyone on both men’s and women’s squads next year,” Morgan concluded.