GREENCASTLE, IND. – Another meet and more falling records for Manchester University.
Sophomore thrower Shay Aator (West Lafayette, Ind.), for a second successive meet, smashed the program's hammer throw mark with a moon shot toss of 160 feet, four inches to help highlight four individual event titles at the 2015 Indiana Division III Championships Saturday, April 11. Aator, eclipsing her previous season best by nearly three full feet (157 feet, 10 inches at April 2 Spartan Track Classic), bested the field of 12 throwers by better than seven feet with Anderson University's Betsy Lamb was runner-up (153 feet, three inches).
The sophomore's scintillating effort in the hammer cage wasn't the only field event positive. Freshman thrower Jacey Cauhorn (Kendallville, Ind.) captured the discus (122 feet, five inches), and senior jumps specialist Bridgette Rowe (La Quinta, Calif.), in route to Outstanding Field Athlete honors inside DePauw University's Blackstock Stadium, was first in the high jump (five feet, six and a half inches) and triple jump (36 feet, a quarter inch).
MU's four field event championships helped push the team point total to 133 points, good for third place. Fellow Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference member Franklin College wound up first, edging the host Tigers by 12.5 points (152.5-140) for the top spot.
Sophomore distance runner Tiffany Harber (Columbia City, Ind.) and freshman jumps specialist Paige Keller (Greenville, Ohio) added a pair of runner-up marks. Harber was second in the 5000 meters (18:43.35) as was Keller in the pole vault (10 feet, six inches).
The Spartans continue their season Saturday, April 18, at the Huntington University Invitational.
NOTES: Rowe's high jump clearance, second-highest in school history, zipped her into the top four of the NCAA Division III performance list. Aator's hammer throw mark jumped her into the national top 20 and also set a new meet record.