Track and Field | Saturday, May 24, 2008
Jordyn Smith is Four-Time All-American with Fourth Place NCAA Finish at 800 Meters
OSHKOSH, WISC. -- Jordyn Smith (Sr., Henderson, NV/Green Valley HS) of Willamette University, who narrowly advanced from the preliminary heats in the 800-meter run, took full advantage of her trip to the finals, as she finished in fourth place in 2:09.43 on Saturday, May 24 at the NCAA Division III Men's and Women's Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Smith's time ranked second on Willamette's all-time list and earned her All-America honors for the fourth consecutive year, including twice at 800 meters.
Smith took second in her preliminary heat on Friday by just one one-hundredth of a second over the third place finisher. On Saturday, she reached the finish line just 0.16 seconds out of third place and a full second ahead of the fifth place finisher. Marcia Taddy from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, won the race with a J.J. Keller Field record of 2:08.23.
Prior to the NCAA Chammpionships, Smith ranked third on WU's all-time list with a time of 2:10.47 during the 2007 season. Willamette's record in the 800 was set by Lisa Starkey in 2001 at 2:09.19.
Grant Piros (Jr., Newberg, OR/Newberg HS) also provided the Bearcats with an All-America performance, as he took seventh place in the men's javelin throw. Piros recorded his top throw of 193'10" on his second attempt of the first round. Stephen Burns from Rochester Institute of Technology (N.Y.) won the javelin with a toss of 207'10".
Three other Northwest Conference throwers joined Piros in the javelin. Kory Kemp of Whitworth University placed fourth at 206'1" and Alexander Hymel, also from Whitworth, took eighth at 193'1". Defending national champion Joel Krebs of George Fox University failed to advance to the finals with a top throw of 181'4".
Also for Willamette on Saturday, Brooke Smith (Jr., Idleyld Park, OR/Glide HS) competed in the women's javelin, Jena Winger (Jr., Bonney Lake, WA/Sumner HS) participated in the women's 5,000-meter run and Ian Batch (Jr., Eagle, ID/Capital HS) saw action in the men's 5,000-meter run.
Brooke Smith finished 16th overall in the javelin and did not advance to the finals. Her top throw covered 119'8". Lisa Brown of Gustavus Adolphus College (Minn.) won the javelin with a track record throw of 174'5", as she achieved the top distance in Division III this season.
The javelin was Smith's second competition at the National Championships. She earned All-America recognition on Friday by finishing seventh in the heptathlon with a Willamette record score of 4,536 points.
Winger began the 5,000-meter race on Saturday, but was unable to finish. She suffered an injury on Friday when her knee hit the barrier as she started the final lap of the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Winger completed the steeple in 17th place and also hoped to finish the 5,000.
Batch took 15th place in the 5,000. His time was 15:13.05. The winning time was recorded by Peter Kosgei of Hamilton College (N.Y.) at 14:32.57 .
The NCAA Championships ended a successful season for the Bearcats. Willamette won its seventh consecutive Northwest Conference women's track and field title, while the men finished third in the NWC. The Bearcats sent nine athletes to the National Championships. Three WU athletes -- Brooke Smith, Jordyn Smith and Grant Piros -- earned All-America honors.
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