DWU athlete earns national title and NAIA recognition

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Dakota Wesleyan University senior Kamberlyn Lamer is a national champion and will forever hold a place in DWU’s history. 

Lamer is the first track and field athlete to win a national championship title at DWU. She was named the 2019 NAIA women's national indoor field athlete of the year by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. The DWU athletic department also named Lamer as the Tiger athlete of the week, last Thursday.

The Hartford native won the indoor pentathlon at the NAIA Indoor Track and Field Championship on Feb. 28 at the Sanford-Jackrabbit Athletic Complex in Brookings. Lamer placed top-five in four out of the five events in the pentathlon. In the 60-meter hurdles, she set a time of 8.95 seconds, placing second. She placed first in the high jump with a mark of 5-5 feet, and finished second in the long jump with a leap of 18.5.75. She completed the day with the 800 meters and finished in fifth place with a time of 2:28.71 to clinch the individual national championship. 

In February, Lamer was named the female Great Plains Athletic Conference athlete of the meet in Seward, Neb., after competing at the GPAC Championship and claiming the triple jump title. She also finished her indoor season as an All-American.

The DWU track and field teams will start the outdoor season on March 22 at the Wildcat Classic in Wayne, Neb.