Spartan junior makes history
LINCOLN, NEB. – As Manchester University head track and field coach Brian Cashdollar has talked throughout the 2014 indoor season, junior women's jumps specialist Bridgette Rowe (La Quinta, Calif.) has been consistent.
She proved that once more at the University of Nebraska's Devaney Center Saturday, March 15, as part of the 2014 NCAA Division III Championships. Clearing the heights of 1.55 meters, 1.6 meters, 1.65 meters and 1.69 meters almost flawlessly with just two misses throughout, Rowe wrote herself into the MU record books becoming the first women's indoor track and field All-American with a fourth-place finish (five feet, six and a half inches).
"I think this was one of the deepest and most even high jump fields I've ever seen at a national championship," Cashdollar said. "There were only five centimeters separating all 17 athletes going in, and 15 women were still jumping through 1.65.
"I knew if (Bridgette) could clear 1.69, she would be in good shape," he added. "I'm so excited for her and what this means (to our program). It puts an awesome finish on a great indoor season and really has everyone eagerly awaiting the outdoor season."
Rowe's five-point team total put MU into the top 40, tying them for 37th. Misercordia College senior Ashlee Ward won the individual national title going five feet, nine and a quarter inches.