SPU will be sending three women to the NCAA Division II indoor track and field championships in Boston this weekend. This is the first indoor track season in which SPU has sent more than one female to the championships. Senior Sarah Kraybill qualified in the 800-meter, freshman Danielle Ayers-Stamper in the high jump and Junior Ally Studer in the pole vault.
Kraybill posted a time of 2 minutes, 9.81 seconds, in the 800-meter run, placing her in fifth place among the qualifiers. She will run in the first of two preliminary heats the first day. According to regulations, the top two finishers in each heat plus the next five fastest times will advance. Stephanie Kuhlman of Grand Valley State (Michigan) will be the runner to beat, as she is the top qualifier of the event at 2:06.70.
Two-time outdoor All-American Studer also managed a fifth-place spot in the pole vault with a personal season-best clearance of 12 feet, 1 1/2 inches. Studer will be gunning for the No. 1 spot, held by Amanda Frame of Mankato State (Minnesota) with a clearance of 12-3 1/4. SPU freshman Allison Hedges just missed the qualifying cutoff with her best clearances, putting her 1.25 inches short of the cutoff. Twelve vaulters were taken, and Hedges tied for 13th.
Ayers-Stamper finished the regular season in the No. 8 spot in the high jump with her best mark of 5 feet, 6 1/2 inches. Ayers-Stamper finished 5 inches short of Abilene Christian’s Maresa Cadienhead, who leads the field with her jump of 6 feet, 1 1/2 inches.
The three women have already broken a precedent in Seattle Pacific athletic history. This year will be the first year SPU sends more than one woman to the indoor championships.
Senior Nathanael Castle will not be traveling with Studer, Ayers-Stamper and Kraybill to the Division II Championships this year. Castle missed the cutoff in the 800-meter by .29 seconds and was also shy in the mile by .70 seconds. The indoor season marks the conclusion of a successful collegiate career for Castle.
All three SPU women will travel to the NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships, held in Boston this week, to compete with some of the nation’s best contenders. The events will be held Friday and Saturday at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center in Boston.
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Title: SPU to send three to Division II indoor track championship | Author: Derek Ghan | Section: Sports | Published Date: 2003-03-12 | Internal ID: 3237