Donte McDaniel broke a meet record while Sarah Hill and Sharessa Archie joined him as national champions on Fresno Pacific's first day of competition at the NCCAA finals in Rome, Georgia.
McDaniel, a sophomore, jumped 50 feet, 8.25 inches in the triple jump to win the event for the second straight year. His mark ranks third in school history. Hill clinched the high jump at 5-7.75, then missed on three attempts at a personal-record 5-10. Archie won the triple jump at 41-1.75.
Pole vaulter Zach Umfress despite a hamstring injury was fourth in the pole vault at 14-1.25 and Tia Edwards won her 400 hurdles heat with a controlled time of 1:05.65 and is seeded third heading into the finals.
Baseball team stumbles in regular-season finale
The Fresno Pacific baseball team regular lost 19-6 at Azusa Pacific in the Sunbirds' regular-season finale.
The game featured 35 hits, including 10 home runs combined. Steven Lozier had three of the Sunbirds' 12 hits while Preston Scott and Nick Pate had two hits apiece, with each adding a home run. Baron Bower also had two hits to extend his hitting streak to eight games.
Fresno Pacific (32-18) will learn its playoff fate Saturday.