Symmonds Wins Two More National Championships; Bearcat Relay Team Grabs Second Place; Bearcat Men Finish 10th, Women 22nd at Nationals

LISLE, IL - Nick Symmonds capped his career by winning NCAA titles in the 800 and the 1500, the Bearcat women's 1600 relay team finished second in the country and sophomore Sophia Dentzel earned All-American honors with a sixth place finish in the javelin at the NCAA Division III National Track and Field Championships Saturday at Benedictine University.
Seven times Nick Symmonds has lined up for a national championship race and seven times Symmonds came away the victor. The senior from Boise won the 1500 meter finals early in the afternoon, running a stadium record time of 3:49.24 to defeat Pomona's Will Leer by a half second.

Symmonds, who earlier in the season set a Division III all-time record in the 800, set another stadium record in winning his second race of the day with a time of 1:49.59 over Jeff Zoda of the College of New Jersey (1:49.91).

Symmond's two victories propelled the Bearcat men to a tie for 10th place with 20 points. Symmonds was the only Bearcat male who made the trip.

The Bearcat women finished 22nd overall with 13 points.

Running in the final event of the championship's Willamette's 4 x 400 relay team of Mariah Hanson, Jordyn Smith, Andrea May and Lindsey Patterson broke the school record they set on Thursday by running a 3:47.85 to capture a surprising second place finish in the relay. The Bearcats came into the event with the sixth best time in the prelims, but only trailed the winning team from Lincoln University (3:45.05) to capture All-American honors.

Dentzel, throwing at nationals for the second straight season, recorded a 143' throw in the javelin to finish in sixth place and earn All-American honors.

Two other Bearcats competed in Saturday's final events. Jordyn Smith finished 9th in the 400 hurdles in 63.09.

Sarah Zerzan finished 11th in the 5000. Running for the first time since she was injured, Zerzan's time of 17:41.82 was well off her season's best mark of 17:14. The winning time was posted by Caroline Cretti of Williams College who ran a 17:12.42.