Grace College’s Macallister Seitz is the recipient of the 2017 Track and Field Wheeler Award given the the NCCAA (National Christian College Athletic Association). Seitz is a senior from Indianapolis, Ind.
The Wheeler Award is the highest individual honor given to a sport by the NCCAA, recognizing one student-athlete for outstanding Christian character, athletic and academic achievement and community service.
Seitz is an accomplished thrower in multiple events. Despite starting the sport of track and field as a sophomore in college, Seitz has gone on to develop into an All-American.
He became Grace’s second NAIA outdoor All-American last spring when he placed eighth nationally in the discus. In 2016, he also was named NCCAA All-American in both the discus and hammer.
Already this season Seitz qualified for NAIA Indoor Nationals in the weight throw and is set to compete at NAIA Outdoor Nationals again. He currently holds school records for indoor shot put and weight throw and outdoor discus, and he was recently named the Grace College Male Athlete of the Year for his accomplishments.
Outside of competition, Seitz helps lead a weekly Bible study for the team’s throwers. He currently boasts a 3.48 GPA while earning his degree in business and in pursuit of a MBA.
“Macallister’s story is really special. He is one of the few people to qualify for NCCAA national competition in every throwing event, both indoor and outdoor, during his career,” said Grace coach Jeff Raymond. “Along the way, he has been a leader on our team and especially on the throwing squad. His hard work and dedication to become a quality student-athlete has rubbed off on those around him, while his character and sincerity has set a high standard for others on our team.”
Seitz is the third Wheeler award winner from Grace in Raymond’s tenure and fourth overall. Other recipients include Donovan Graham (2015), Jonathan Rex (2014) and Tim Sprankle (2002).