Illinois College's Norville wins long jump, UW-Oshkosh leads after Day 1
NAPERVILLE, Ill. -- Illinois College senior Melissa Norville won her fourth NCAA individual title on Friday, taking first place in the long jump at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships at North Central College in Naperville, Ill. The title is Norville's first in the long jump and helped Illinois College rank in the top three after Day 1 of competition.
Wisconsin-Oshkosh leads the pack with 26 points, MIT is in second with 15, the Lady Blues have 12, tied with Ramapo for third overall. Christy Cazzola placed second in the 1-mile run and Samantha Loew claimed the title in weight throw to give UW-Oshkosh the lead.
Norville posted a mark of 19 feet, 8 3/4 inches in long jump, eight inches better than the second-place finisher. The mark is less than four inches shorter than Norville's best mark this season, which set an NCAA Division III indoor record.
"It's good to finally win long jump," Norville said. "I'm looking forward to [Saturday]."
Norville also qualified for the finals of the 60-meter hurdles on Friday. Norville ran a preliminary time of 8.70 seconds, which was adjusted to 8.694 seconds, just three thousands of a second behind Buffalo State's Jazmin Dunham (8.691). Camesha Goods ran the best time in the field, clocking in at 8.64 seconds.