Northwest University distance medley relay finishes third at indoor nationals

The Northwest University women’s distance medley relay team capped off a spectacular indoor season with a third place finish in the finals of the NAIA Indoor National Championships on March 5 in Tennessee.

In a tightly contested final, the Eagles set the second-fastest time in school history, crossing the finish line in 12 minutes, .93 seconds. The Eagles — Cassady Brown, Lily Engelbrekt, Shandon Lystad and Saraah Estabrook — held a lead in the final 400 meters.

“They ran a great race today and I’m really proud of their effort,” NU coach Mark Mandi said. “Everyone chipped in and put us in a position to win.”

Freshman Riley Sine finished 14th in the men’s 5,000 meter race. Sine set a time of 15:45.39, and was one of only three freshmen to make the finals.

“It was a good experience for Riley to get to a championship style race,” Mandi said. “Hopefully, this is one of many to come and he’s committed to getting better. I’m very proud of him making it here and putting up a good fight the whole way through.”