BELLEVILLE-- In just the first season of competition for the Lindenwood University-Belleville track and field team, Christian Herring has made history for the Lynx program.
Herring is a Belleville East graduate.
After finishing second in his heat on Friday in the 110 meter hurdles, qualifying himself for the finals, Herring finished sixth overall and was named NAIA All-American at the national meet in Gulf Shores, Ala.
Herring is the first track and field athlete to be named NAIA All-American in program history.
LastFriday, Herring ran a personal best 14.72 seconds, which placed him second overall in his heat. The finals were made up of the top two finishers in each heat, combined with the remaining top two times. Herring was the only freshman to make the finals in the 110 meter hurdles.
In the finals, Herring finished with a time of 14.62, which broke his personal best from the previous day. Pierre Banks from Wayland Baptist crossed the finish line first, finishing with a time of 13.91, while Stephen Emere of Missouri Baptist came in second with a time of 14.09.
Head coach Chris Sandefur talked about Herring's finish and what it meant to have an NAIA All-American in the first year of competition.
"Christian came out and competed well," said Sandefur. "He only had the 23rd fastest time in the country going into nationals. To come out and finish sixth says a lot about his preparation and focus. He gained a lot of confidence after the prelims and performed well in the finals. He is the programs first All-American and he opens the gates for future Lindenwood-Belleville Track and Field athletes."
The LU-Belleville men's and women's track and field teams each had to two top 10 finishes these spring season. For the men, their best finish was fourth at the Big Blue Invitational, hosted by Milliken University. The women also had their best finish of the spring at the Big Blue Invitational, finishing eighth.
Next season both teams will compete in the American Midwest Conference for the first time.