It was a historic day as Augustus "Raheem" Cowan stood atop the awards stand at the 2013 NAIA Indoor Track and Field Championships. Cowan, a sophomore, had just won the triple jump title with a leap of 49 feet, 7.25 inches. Cowan, who wore his lucky Cookie Monster socks, entered the event as the No. 1 seed.
He left as only the second Charger to ever claim a national title, in any sport. Briar Cliff's other national champion was track star Sharline Maxwell.
Senior Cory Hollamon also earned all-American honors in the triple jump, finishing eighth with a jump of 46-08.00. As a team, the Charger men sent four athletes to nationals and each and every one of them returned as an All-American. Bryce Harshman finished seventh in the long jump, with a best leap of 22-09.25. Harshman's top leap came on his second attempt. Meanwhile, Clay Pagels finished eighth in the high jump, clearing 6-08.00.
On the women's side, Briar Cliff's Tara Cockerill and Hastings' Jennifer Maag were head and shoulders above the rest of the shot put competition. On her third attempt, Cockerill registered a personal best and school record throw of 49-05.75, two inches farther than her previous best, and less than an inch behind Maag's best toss of 49-06.50. Cockerill finished second, garnered All-American accolades to add to her GPAC title from earlier this season.