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May 30, 2013

COLLEGE REPORT: Wabash College All-American relay team has TH flavor

TERRE HAUTE — Half of the Wabash College All-American 4x400-meter relay team hails from the Wabash Valley.

Terre Haute South senior John Haley and Northview sophomore Joel Whittington helped the Little Giants to earn fifth-place honors at the 2013 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships in a time of 3:10.58 and earn All-American honors for the first time.

The foursome broke its own school record of 3:12.08 set two days earlier in the championship meet prelims.

The Little Giants earned a berth in the national field after cranking out two quick times at last-chance meets at North Central College.

Coach Clyde Morgan was impressed with the team’s accomplishments, in spite of making a lineup change a week before the national meet.

“Thursday night I said I thought this group could run a 3:13 in the finals. To go from 3:14 to 3:12 then to 3:10 is something you can’t script as a coach,” Morgan said. “I think about these four young men and their stories and what they’ve gone through. This is a perfect example of NBU [Nothing Breaks Us] and ‘Wabash Always Fights.’”

Morgan pointed out Haley and Whittington as special members of the team.

“All of these guys have been through a lot trying to make this relay work,” he said. “John Haley’s ankle and hamstrings have kept him from being at his best the past two seasons, but he has battled through those injuries to get to this point.

“Joel kept a picture on the screensaver of his phone of the scoreboard from last year’s ninth-place finish at outdoor nationals when the group fell one place short of being All-Americans,” he added.

Haley competed 24 hours after running in the 400-meter dash. The effort had little effect as he led off the relay for the Little Giants at the national meet, concluding an outstanding Wabash career.

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