BILLINGS - Sydney Little Light has her first collegiate national championship and what's believed to be the first ever for a Rocky Mountain College track and field athlete.
Friday in Gulf Shores, Alabama, the former Hardin standout won the women’s 1,500-meter title at the NAIA Track & Field Championships racing to a personal-best time of 4:25.90. The mark also broke Little Light's own women's school-record, according to RMC Athletics. British Columbia's Holly MacGillivray was second in 4:26.40.
After clinching the national title, Little Light wasn't done. Later Friday she placed 6th in the women’s 800 with a time of 2:14.07. That race marked her second first-team All-American finish of the day.
Little Light has been a strong runner for Rocky in both track and cross country since joining the school.
Two other RMC runners earned All-American status with junior Jackson Wilson finishing third in the men’s 5,000 meters and Mei-Li Stevens closing in sixth in the women's half marathon.
Senior Jackson Duffey was 18th in the 5,000 with a time of 15:41.72.