USF Track Soars at Frank Sevigne Invite
This weekend the Cougars sent 20 athletes to compete in the Frank Sevigne Invitational in Lincoln, Neb. The meet included some of the top NCAA Division I schools, former Olympians, and played host to some of the fastest times and jumps in the NCAA this year. USF left the meet with one NCAA automatic qualifying standard, ten NCAA provisional qualifying standards, and some of the top efforts in the NSIC this season.
In the women’s pole vault, Brigitte Gross was the first
Cougar to punch a ticket to the NCAA indoor national championships when she
vaulted a NCAA automatic qualifying standard with a vault of 13-05.25 (4.10m).
This vault earned her fourth place overall and is the third highest vault in
NCAA Division II this year.
“For someone to be able to hit the automatic standard this early in the year is an impressive feat, “ said Director of Track & Field Reid Ehrisman. “This really shows the hard work that Brigitte has been putting in these last few months.”
Freshman Ethan Tabbert broke the school record by .05 in the
5000m run on his way to a 14:56.21 finish. With this effort, Tabbert holds the
fastest 5000m time in the NSIC this year. Sophomore Bobby Brockmueller also
broke his own school record in the mile run, with a time of 4:16.95. Billy
Brockmueller relied on his kick to give him a first place finish in the men’s unseeded
3000m run with a time of 8:33.38. This time gives Brockmueller the second
fastest time in the NSIC in the 3000m run this year.
When asked about the record-setting performances in the distance events, Ehrisman said, “It is always encouraging to be able to see a school record get broken, but it is even more exciting when you have such young athletes perform at a high enough level to break those records.”
On Friday, Kendra Knight completed the 400m dash in a time of 57.24. This time is a NCAA provisional qualifying standard, and qualified her for the consolation final on Saturday where she bettered her time by running 56.73. With this effort, Knight lays claim to the fastest time in the NSIC this year in the 400m dash.
USF also sent athletes to compete in the Dennis Young Invitational in Storm Lake, Iowa. The Cougars had three NCAA provisional qualifying efforts, and also came away with three individual titles.
In the men’s weight throw, Jordan Bents took the title with a throw of 49-7.75 (15.13m). Bents also placed fourth in the weight Throw by throwing 53-8.5 (16.37m).
Marissa Whipple took third place with a throw of 42-8 (13.00m) in the women’s shot put. She was followed by teammate Hannah Steele who placed fourth with a throw of 42-6.25 (12.96m). In the weight throw, Whipple took second place overall with a throw of 49-6.5 (15.10m), and was once again followed by Steele who took third place with a throw of 48-4.5 (14.74m).
In the women’s high jump, Destinni Girton took first place with a leap of 5-1.75(1.57m). Lindsey Elston also took third place overall with a jump of 4-11.75 (1.52m). Elston also took runner-up in the long jump while jumping 17-11.5 (5.74m). This mark is .04m shy of an NCAA provisional qualifying standard.
In the women’s pole vault, USF came away with the top four spots and three NCAA provisional qualifying standards. Chelsey Schenavar led the way with a vault of 12-2.75 (3.73m), and was followed by teammates Sophie Harano and Courtney Crandall who both vaulted 11-9 (3.58m).
The Cougars dominated the women’s 600m run as Haley Kruger and Ashley Evers took the top two spots. Kruger ran a 1:40.86 and Evers ran a 1:41.11. In the 400m dash, Leah Wensemann finished second with a time of 1:00.43. Wensemenn, Kruger and Evers were also members of the third place 4x400m relay that finished with a time of 4:06.61. Conner Anderson was the fourth member of the 4x400m relay.
The Cougars will hit the track next on Saturday February 9th in Sioux Center, Iowa at the Dordt Invitational.