the Conference Championships, the Captains had three more meets to secure
National Qualifying marks. The team took
full advantage with six such performances and along with breaking four School
Records and setting a total of forty-one Personal Records. For many it was a perfect ending to the
Indoor Season while a few extended their season for one more week
Captains Stellar During
School Records & 6 National Qualifying Performances in 7 Days
Conference Championships, the Captains had three more meets to secure National
Qualifying marks and put a cap on the Indoor Season. The team took full advantage – 6 National
Qualifying performances, 4 School Records, an additional 15 All-Time
Performances, and 41 Personal Records.
Mason Last Chance Meet
The first stop
in last-chance week was at George Mason University where both Dira Hansen (Culpeper, VA) and Brittany
Jacobs (Warrenton, VA) improved
their National Qualifying marks. For Hansen, it was another run at the 800m
and while she was not feeling particularly sharp, she responded to a late move
by Alisa Harvey to kick in a 2:13.67 finish.
That lowered her School Record another second and a half and made her
=#10 on the Div. III National Lists. Jessica McClelland (Stafford, VA) wrapped up her rookie season with an indoor PR
2:28.62 in her section.
what has been a season of consistency in the Long Jump with another incremental
PR to 5.54m/18-2.25. She made a bigger
gain in the Triple Jump where she came within an inch of adding a second
National Qualifying event. Her
11.23m/36-10.25 also landed her at #7 on the CNU All-Time List.
Vaulters had a great day with four PRs matched or exceeded. Kalee Hammerton
(Royersford, PA) led the way with a
lifetime best matching 3.15m/10-4 clearance which reinforces her #4 ranking in
CNU History. Joseph Taylor (Prince George,
VA) did the same on the men’s side – his 4.25m/13-11.25 equaled his PR and
#6 All-Time mark. David Fishman (Springfield,
VA) continued the trend at 4.10m/13-5.25 (CNU =#9) along with Christopher Comeau (Chesapeake, VA) (3.95m/12-11.5 =PR). Alexander
Hurd (Stafford, VA) jumped an
outright PR at 3.80m/12-5.5.
In the Mile, Laurie Murphy (Louisa, VA) powered to another PR and improved her #2 standing on the
CNU Lists with a 5:08.66 run. Rookie Erin Rolaf (Woodbridge, VA) dropped her indoor best down to 5:31.25. In the men’s race, Corey Lofton (Vienna, VA)
cut another two seconds from his PR to 4:22.52 and moved up to #6 on the CNU
All-Time List. In the men’s 800m, Matthew Winkler (Palmyra, VA) was left in the slow heat but ran a solo 1:55.76.
straightaway, Cheria Jackson (Woodbridge, VA) posted a PR 9.56 in the
60m Hurdles and ran 7.97 and 7.98 in the 60m Dash prelims and finals,
respectively – just shy of the 7.87 Provisional Qualifying Standard. Frosh Jenna
Elliott (Fredericksburg, VA) had
two good jumps at 1.67m/5-5.75 but could not quite get that PR height.
Last Chance Pentathlon
later, the Captains lined up eight Pentathletes – including Dira Hansen and Cheria Jackson as last-minute adds to fill the women’s field to the
6-person minimum for qualifying purposes.
Kwarteng Asare (Fairfax, VA) and Scott Teribury (Woodbridge,
VA) filled the same roles for the men’s start-list.
Richard Roethel (Farmingville, VA) missed his chance to
get an early qualifier when he was out sick for the Captain’s Invitational Pentathlon in January. The defending
All-American Decathlete, therefore, had a little bit of pressure to string
together five solid events. His 8.13 run
in the opening 55m Hurdles showed he was ready to go. Roethel
followed up with two more Pentathlon bests in the Long Jump (6.52m/21-4.75) and
Shot Put (12.51m/41-0.5). Moving to his
best event, he scaled 1.96m/6-5 before raising the bar to 2.05m/6-8.75 in an
attempt to save his injured jumping foot and to solidify his National Standing
in that event. He came close, but could
not quite get the double-dip. A 2:54.34
run in the 1,000m was enough to register a Pentathlon School Record 3629 and
sit #4 on the Div. III National List, punching his ticket to the Championships.
event also started with strong hurdling by the Captains. Hansen
and Jackson recorded matching times
(and PRs) with their 9.10 second finishes.
When they moved on to the High Jump, both kept finding ways to get over
the bar as Jackson finally cleared
1.49m/4-10.5 as a first-timer and Hansen
scaled 1.58m – a PR that moves her to #4 on the CNU All-Time List. Jenna
Elliott’s experience with the Hurdles and Long Jump made the Pentathlon
another opportunity to shoot for a Nationals-entry height in the High
Jump. She slipped over 1.61m/5-3.25
before moving the bar to the 1.67m setting, but as was the case at George
Mason, her good jumps were not quite good enough to keep the bar on the
Hansen pushed a huge
PR in the Shot Put to keep her roll going (7.60m/24-11.25). Hillary
King (Ashland, VA) was just short
of her open best, but her 7.37m/24-2.25 was a Pentathlon best. All five CNU women posted bests of some sort
in the Long Jump: Hansen and Jackson tied once again with 5.23m/17-2
jumps (a PR for Jackson and a
Pentathlon best for Hansen). Kalee
Hammerton landed a PR 4.38m/14-4.5 just ahead of Elliott’s PR 4.35m/14-3.25. King got another Pentathlon best with
her 4.10m/13-5.5 jump. Hansen closed out with a solo 2:18.20
(another Pentathlon PR) and 3309 points to shatter her School Record and rank
#6 on the National List – assuring her a place at the Championships in what was
supposed to be a throw-away event. Jackson ran a very good first-time 800m
in 2:34.95 and ended up just 76 points shy of the Provisional Qualifying
Standard (2926, CNU #2 All-Time). Elliott finished up with 2184 points
and the #5 spot on the CNU List.
Tech Final Qualifier
The final stop
on the last-chance tour was at Virginia Tech on their banked track. Joseph
Taylor opened the day with a 4.33m/14-2.5 clearance in the Pole Vault which
improved his hold on the #6 spot on CNU’s All-Time List. Shortly thereafter, Brittany Jacobs went to work on the raised runways ending in the
sand pits. After a solid opener, she
stretched her PR to a Nationals clinching 5.60m/18-4.5
and then added another
centimeter on her final jump (5.61m/18-4.75).
That moves her to =#8 in CNU History.
matched her 60m PR in the first round (7.97) and then lowered it by the
slimmest of margins in the semi-finals (7.96). In between, Laurie Murphy
improved her Mile PR to 5:07.41 (CNU #2) as did Corey Lofton (4:20.17, CNU #4).
Kristen Bell (Vienna, VA) rode the tilted curves to a
60.07 PR in the 400m and Dira Hansen
cruised to a 2:16.32 finish at twice the distance.
Matthew Winkler and Shaowei Tu (Mechanicsville, VA) lined up next for their 800m race. Finally getting a little help from the field,
the senior powered a School Record 1:53.00 and on to the National Qualifiers’
List at #14 – on the bubble for the final entry list. Tu
kept his elder teammate in sight for three laps before slipping back, but
finished in a big PR 1:56.74 – #5 in CNU History.
Jackson and Bell each earned another PR in the
200m. Jackson’s 26.28 makes her the #8 one-lapper in CNU history. Bell
was close behind in 26.77.
Sunday”, five Captains sit on eight Nationals Lists. Three are guaranteed spots – Roethel in the Pentathlon (#4), Hansen in the Pentathlon (#7) and 800m
(=#10), and Jacobs in the Long Jump
(#11). Winkler is in range for an invite while Elliot’s and Roethel’s
High Jump rankings (=#20 and =#19, respectively) are most likely not going to
make the cut. Hansen is also on the 400m List (#21), but will pass on the event even
with an invitation.
CNU Results, check out the results pages: GMU Last Chance, Last Chance Pentathlon, VT Final Qualifier.