Senior Bridgette Rowe (La Quinta, Calif.) and sophomore Mariah Jordan (Fort Wayne, Ind.) represent Manchester University at the 2015 NCAA Division III outdoor track and field Championships May 21-23.
Meet specifics: Rowe competes in the high jump at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 23, while Jordan runs in the 10,000 meters at 6:15 p.m. Thursday, May 21 at St. Lawrence University's Merrick-Pinkard Track and Field Complex in Canton, N.Y. … Complete information, including links to a live broadcast of the national championships, is available at www.muspartans.com, the Internet home of Manchester University athletics.
Spartan Shorts: Jordan and Rowe's national meet berths resume a remarkable string for MU's cross country and indoor and outdoor track and field programs. Since 2007, the Spartans have been part of 24 of a possible 27 NCAA Division III championship events spanning the three sports. "We've been very fortunate to have some great athletes accept their responsibilities and work hard (in the programs)," head coach Brian Cashdollar said. "When you have those types of student-athletes and a good group of coaches to work with them, great things are going to happen." … MU's two entries mark its best overall numbers since 2010 and the most for the women's program since the early 1990s … Jordan is one of only five underclasswomen competing in the 10,000. Her season's best in the event (36:25.66), occurring at the Washington University of St. Louis, Mo., Invitational to open the 2015 campaign, is the second-fastest time in program history … Rowe, seeking her first outdoor All-American honor to go with two indoor accolades, has one of the 10 highest qualifying leaps going into nationals. She went five feet, seven and a quarter inches at the Huntington University Forester Invitational in mid-April to set a new school record … "(Bridgette and Mariah) have each had phenomenal indoor and outdoor seasons," Cashdollar noted. "Mariah's consistency and dedication, coupled with how quickly she has adapted to the program, has been amazing. I really see the sky being the limit for her and this weekend will be a great opportunity. Bridgette has the experience of the two indoor national events behind her. It will come down to her being consistent because when that happens, she is as good as anyone else."