HANOVER, IND. – Freshmen Jacey Cauhorn (Kendallville, Ind.) and Paige Keller (Greenville, Ohio) and sophomore Shay Aator (West Lafayette, Ind.) helped get Manchester University's 2015 campaign off on a high note Saturday, March 28.
Cauhorn claimed the discus with a best toss of 127 feet even, while Aator picked up where she left off from the indoor season. The Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference weight throw champion was atop the podium in the hammer throw, going just short of 150 feet (149'9''). Aator's mark not only bested the 24-thrower field by more than 18 feet (Anderson University's Betsy Lamb – runner-up – 131'8''), but it was also the second-longest in program history and ranks just outside the NCAA Division III national performance list top 10.
MU's 101-point team total, trailing only meet champion and host Hanover (131) and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics' Huntington University (102) on the final standings, was also fueled by other strong efforts. In the field events, senior jumps specialist Bridgette Rowe (La Quinta, Calif.), the reigning HCAC Field Athlete of the Year, cleared five feet, four and half inches for a runner-up effort that ranks within the national list top 10 and ended third in the triple jump (35'5''), while freshman Kara Brueckman (Crown Point, Ind.) was second in the javelin (94 feet, six inches). On the track, sophomore Tiffany Harber (Columbia City, Ind.) ended second in the 10,000 meters (39:45.65).
The Black and Gold return to action Thursday, April 2, hosting the annual Spartan Track Classic.
NOTES: Sophomore Mariah Jordan (Fort Wayne, Ind.) began Manchester University's weekend by clocking the second-fastest 10,000 meter time in school history at the Washington University of Missouri Invitational Friday, March 27. Jordan's time of 36:25.66 placed her sixth and is also within the Division III top five.