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Men's Outdoor Track & Field - Sat, May 27, 2017
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Gulf Shores, Ala. - The Marian Knights men's track team wrapped up their 2017 season Saturday at the NAIA National Championships, with the team being represented in the marathon, pole vault, and 4x100M relay race. The 4x100 relay team members and Moussa Conde both earned All-American status, after finishing third and fourth in their respective events.

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Senior Isaak Haas began the morning at 6:00 a.m, running the men's marathon. Haas, who was running his first career marathon, took a good opening pace to the race, running in sixth place at the half-way point. Despite his best efforts and attempts to push through, Haas dropped out of the race, completing 16.67 miles out of the 26.2. 

The afternoon then shifted back to the track, with Garrett Johnson, Clayton Wilson, and Moussa Conde all competing in the pole vault. Johnson did not have a strong start for Marian, as he was unable to clear the opening 4.50 meter height. Wilson was next up for Marian, easing over the bar on his third attempt of 4.50 meters. Wilson then cleared 4.60 meters on his second jump, before ending his afternoon after being unable to pass 4.70 meters. Wilson tied his personal best at 4.60 meters, while he finished his first national meet in 14th place. Conde began his pole vault venture by passing the 4.60 and 4.70 meter standard with room to spare. 

Moussa took a break in the pole vault action after passing 4.70 meters, heading off to run in the 4x100 meter relay. DeVohn Jackson got off to a great start in the race, handing the baton to Conde in a hurry. From there, Conde took off down the back straightaway, where Marcellion Gardner attacked the corner. Gardner, a master at the third leg of the relay, used his speed to propel Sogo Akinyosoye to the finish line after making the final exchange, as the Knights were third to break the tape. The men turned in a 40.70 effort, making that a season best. Marian's relay team earned All-American status for the fourth straight year. 

After finishing the 4x100, Moussa Conde returned to the pole vault where he began making record-setting leaps. Conde broke the school pole vault record on three straight jumps, clearing 4.80, 4.90, and 5.00 meters. Conde was unable to clear 5.05 meters, settling in for a fourth place finish, earning his second All-American honors of the day. 

That put a stamp to the end of another fantastic Marian track season. Marian took home the men's title at the Crossroads League meet this year, while sending 16 athletes to the NAIA National Championships as either competitors or alternates. 

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