This article originally appeared on JCUsports.com
May 28, 2022 will go down as one of the best days in John Carroll Men's Track & Field history.
On the third and final day of the 2022 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships at SPIRE Institute in Geneva, the Blue Streaks played the role of the hometown heroes.
And who played the lead hero? None other than Mr. John Carroll, Jamie Dailey.
In his final race in the Blue & Gold, Dailey sprinted to glory in the last 100m of his JCU career, capturing his first National Championship in the 5k. And with his heroic conquest, Dailey helped John Carroll soar to second place as a team, the program's highest-ever NCAA Championships finish.
Combined with All-American finishes by Alex Phillip, Garrett Clark, Ethan Domitrovich, Cormac Peppard-Kramer, and the 4x100 relay of Clark, Mick Doyle, Mark Zahren, and Jimmy Kartsonas, today was nothing short of a fairytale.
"This is unprecedented for John Carroll," said Head Coach Kyle Basista. "What these guys accomplished this weekend, to show up on Thursday and Saturday and execute at this level is incredible. Also, these guys accomplished so much during indoor and cross country season, too. Not many have done it in the country. I'm speechless right now, I will remember this for the rest of my life and I know this team will, too."
The NCAA Runner-Up trophy is certainly satisfying for the Blue Streaks. The second place trophy is the best outdoor finish in program history, with this being the program's 17th scoring appearance at the NCAA D-III Outdoor Championships.