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Bofa Wins 800, Whitworth Men Finish 6th

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MARIETTA, Ohio - Emmanuel Bofa came from behind over the final 100 meters to repeat as national champion of the men's 800 meter run today at the NCAA Division III Track and Field Championships, hosted by Marietta (Ohio) College. Bofa's win led the Whitworth men to a tie for sixth place in the final standings.

Bofa (Jr., Puyallup, Wash.) won the race in 1:48.77, setting a new school record and breaking the Don Drumm Stadium record of 1:50.71 he set yesterday in the preliminary heats.

Patrick Roach of Messiah College jumped to an early lead and led by nearly three seconds after the first lap, while Bofa was able to pull away from the rest of the trailing pack. Bofa steadily closed on Roach until he pulled even with just under 100 meters to go. He then moved steadily ahead down the final stretch as Roach finished second in 1:49.51.

Last year Bofa won the 800 with a time of 1:51.01.

Whitworth got two other All-American performances on Saturday. Jeff Kintner (Jr., Wenatchee, Wash.) finished fourth in the shot put, while Cody Stelzer (Jr., The Dalles, Ore.) was sixth in the high jump.

Kintner tossed the shot put 17.30 meters (56'-9.25"), setting a lifetime personal record. His scoring throw came on his first attempt of the day. Brandon Fugett of Salisbury University won the event with a mark of 17.4 meters (58'-10.25"). Whitworth's Mike Nahl (Jr., West Seattle, Wash.) finished seventh in the second flight with a distance of 15.82 meters (52'-1.75") and Danjuma Quarless (Jr., Tacoma, Wash.) was eighth in the first flight with a mark of 14.80 meters (48'-6.75").

Stelzer, who was NCAA DIII Indoor champion in March and the defending DIII outdoor champion, posted his sixth career All-American performance in the high jump. He cleared 2.06 meters (6'-9") to finish sixth in the event. The 3rd through 7th finishers all cleared 6-9, but the places were determined by number of misses. John Kimmel of Manchester College won with a height of 2.12 meters (6'-11.5").

Elizabeth Mattila (So., Ferndale, Wash.), Whitworth's only woman in the meet, earned her own All-America honor by finishing fifth in the 400 meter hurdles with a time of 1:02.51. Sumer Rohrs of Frostburg State won the event in 1:00.05, a new track record and Division III season best. Mattila had qualified sixth into the finals with a lifetime best of 1:01.86.

Of the eight Pirates participating in the meet, six came home with All-American (top 8) finishes.

Whitworth's men finished with 23 points to finish tied for sixth in the standings with Trinity University (Texas). Wisconsin-Oshkosh won the championship with 46 points, followed by McMurry (Texas) with 40.

Wartburg (Iowa) won the women's championship with 52 points. The four points scored by Mattila gave Whitworth 58th place.

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