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Men's Outdoor Track & Field - Fri, May 26, 2017

The St. Ambrose Fighting Bee men's track and field team got on the scoreboard at the NAIA Outdoor Track & Field National Championship in a big, big way. 

Anthony Peters captured his second straight 5,000m Race Walk title, racing away from the field to win by more than 80 seconds in 21:01, which was 37 seconds faster than his winning time a year ago.

The win was Peters' fourth total title, including a pair from the indoor national championships. 

Fellow Bee Emilio Mancha came into the race ranked 7th but raced to a bronze medal finish thanks to a 20-second personal best. 

Those 16 points vaulted the Bees into fifth place heading into the final day of the meet.

"Anthony always impresses me," SAU head coach Dan Tomlin said. "He knows he has the target on his back and not only performs but really goes above and beyond. And Emilio, wow, what can you say? He came out here on an 88-degree day with 90-percent humidity and had a lifetime best."

Cole Connell wrapped up his decathlon finishing five spots higher than he was ranked, 11th, after notching a personal best in the javelin.

In prelim events, Michael Ohioze cruised to a qualifying time in the 400m dash, and Jack Reemtsma broke a 15-year old record in the 400m hurdles to be the final advancer into Saturday's final. He failed to qualify for the 110m hurdle finals.

In the meet's final event of the day, the 4x400 prelim, the Bees raced to a third place finish in their heat of 3:13.01 and appeared to be destined for the finals before getting word they were disqualified for a runner stepping on the lane line. 

"It was a disappointing result after such a stellar performance, but those kind of things happen in track and field, and we have to be able to bounce back tomorrow because we have a lot of things still out there," SAU head coach Dan Tomlin said. "We preach about looking forward and this will challenge that. If we can respond positively, good things will happen. It's not what happens to you but what you do next that defines your character. I believe these men will show that tomorrow."

The Bees have never finished in the top 10 at a national meet, but took home 4th place at the NAIA Indoor National Championships in March.