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Suckow Leads Women's Track And Field At Nationals
Posted: Friday, March 13, 2009
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - On day one of competition at the 2009 NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships, Hayley Suckow (Jr.-Elk Mound, Wis.) led the Blugold women with an All-American finish today.
Suckow took third place in the pole vault with a height of 3.86 meters (12-8), while three others also finished with the same height. The height was the best of the season in Division III, three centimeters shy of a school record for the Blugolds. Rachel Secrest of North Central College won this year's title.
Amy Morse (Sr.-Kaukauna, Wis.) finished just short of earning All-American status in the weight throw. She took ninth place with a distance of 16.01 meters (52-6 1/2). SUNY-Fredonia's Julia Hopson won the event with a toss of 18.25 meters (59-10 1/2). Only the top eight finishers in events gain All-American honors.
In the prelims of the 400-meter dash Liz Kooistra (Sr.-Lakeville, Minn.) had the fourth fastest time (57.44) and moved on to the finals, which will be contested tomorrow at 1:55 p.m.
Brittany Frederick (Fr.-Green Bay, Wis./Preble) will compete in the shot put tomorrow at noon while Mary Palmer (Sr.-Anoka, Minn.) will race in the 5,000-meter run at 2:55 p.m. Kooistra will also be joined by Laura Broner (Sr.-Madison, Wis./Memorial), Talisa Emberts (Fr.-Sussex, Wis./Sussex-Hamilton) and Maria Peloquin (So.-Prescott, Wis.) to compete in the 4x400-meter relay in the championship's final event, scheduled for 3:40 p.m. Saturday.
The Blugolds are currently tied for 12th place with six points out of 40 teams.
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