Angelo State's Kearah Danville punches her ticket to nationals in triple jump
LUBBOCK, Texas -- Kearah Danville hit a NCAA Division II automatic-qualifying mark in the triple jump to win the Rider Open.
Danville's mark was 40 feet, 7.75 inches which is now currently the No. 1 mark in the Division II in that event. The senior also placed fifth overall in the high jump with a mark of 5 feet, 02.25 inches.
"I am happy with my performance, I was consistent with my runs and had a great approach so now we will improve the mark for next time," Danville said. "I am grateful for the victory."
The Rambelles acquired another NCAA Division II provisional mark from Jaylen Rodgers in the 800 with a winning time of 2:13.02. Rodgers won the 1,000 at the Texas Tech open a few weeks ago.
"The race went well, I wanted to run a little faster but I am happy with the time," Rodgers saidd. "Now I can build on it for the conference meet."
The 4X400 meter relay with Lexi Brooks, Jordan Gray, Jasmine Ambowoode and Rodgers improved their NCAA Division II provisional mark with a time of 3:48.82 and getting fourth overall.
Other Rambelles in the mix today was Ambowoode who finished ninth in the triple jump with a jump of 36 feet, 11.75 inches, Kinsey Coppedge who ran an indoor personal-best in the 200 meters with a time of 25.88 and Candida Chairez who finished ninth overall in the 3,000 meters with a career-best time of 10:43.94 while winning her heat by ten seconds.
No. 1 Lincoln (Mo.), No. 2 Grand Valley State at GVSU Five-Way
ALLENDALE, Mich. -- Grand Valley State had a solid showing at the GVSU 5-Way Meet inside the Kelly Family Sports Center on Saturdayas the women's team finished second by a narrow margin.
In the battle of No. 1 versus No. 2 in the USTFCCCA computer rankings on the women's side, the Lakers held a slim lead going in to the final completed event of the day, the triple jump, but the Lincoln (Mo.) women went 1-2 in the event to take the victory with 141 points. GVSU finished with 132 points, followed by Hillsdale (78), Lewis (54) and St. Joseph's (24). It was a valiant effort by the Lakers, as GVSU competed without a handful of top student-athletes.
The lone automatic mark on the day came from Kristen Hixson in the pole vault, as she nearly matched her season-best in the event, winning with a vault of 4.14 meters. She was followed by Jennifer Schornak in second with a provisional mark of 3.69 meters.
Alyssa Zokoe also had a field event victory, winning the weight throw with a provisional mark of 17.44 meters. Joining in on the victories was Alisha Weaver in the high jump, as she cleared 1.66 meters, a provisional mark.
In the running events, the Laker women dominated the one mile run, sweeping the top seven spots, with every runner hitting a provisional mark. Jessica Janecke led the way with the victory, finishing in a time of 4:55.24. Allyson Winchester was second (4:56.87), followed by Jordan Chester (4:58.85), Hannah Osborn (4:59.71), Katelyn Cliff (5:00.02), Kendra Foley (5:00.25) and Madie Rodts (5:01.54).
No. 8 Sioux Falls at Mankato Open
MANKATO, Minn. -- Sioux Falls wrapped up day two at the MSU Mankato Multi & Open. The Cougars came away from the weekend with seven first place finishes, ten NCAA provisional qualifying marks and seventeen USF Top Ten All-Time marks.
Kendra Knight brought home the title in the 400-meter dash with her NCAA provisional qualifying time of 57.93 seconds. Knight’s time is also the second fastest 400 time run in the conference this season and the 21st fastest run in Division II this year. Knight was also a member of the Cougars 4x400 relay that brought home the title with their time of 3:56.14. Knight was joined by Kirsten Townley, Katlyn Sawtelle and Ashley Evers as they narrowly missed out on a NCAA provisional qualifying mark by .04 seconds. This time is the second fastest 4x400 relay run in the conference this year.