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2014-05-22 Blucker, Tisdell with All-American performances on opening day of NAIA Nationals
2014-05-22 Blucker, Tisdell with All-American performances on opening day of NAIA Nationals

Ambria Tisdell (7th) and Amy Blucker (6th), NAIA All-Americans in the hammer throw.

Blucker, Tisdell with All-American performances on opening day of NAIA Nationals

Author: Wendy Reid
Posted: Friday, May 23, 2014 at 9:39 AM
2014-05-22 Blucker, Tisdell with All-American performances on opening day of NAIA Nationals(2)

Lippencott, Lafemina, Trank and Brown with Coach McDowell after qualifying for the finals of the 4x800m relay.

GULF SHORES, Ala. – Opening day of the 34th Annual NAIA Women’s Outdoor Track and Field National Championships proved to be quite successful for the Olivet Nazarene University women’s track and field team. Among the first All-Americans recognized at the meet on Thursday, May 22 were two Tigers, sophomore Amy Blucker and freshman Ambria Tisdell.

Blucker and Tisdell finished sixth and seventh in the hammer throw to get things started for the Tigers. Blucker (Galesburg, Ill.) posted a 53.48m (175-05) to capture sixth place, while Tisdell tossed 53.06m (174-01) and broke her own freshman record.

The 4x800m relay team of senior Christy Trank (Winnebago, Ill.), freshman Angelica Lafemina, junior Kylie Lippencott (Crawfordsville, Ind.) and freshman Karley Brown (Lees Summit, Mo.) entered the meet as the 13th seeded team, but crossed the finish line in 9:15.96 to qualify for the finals in eighth place. The foursome will compete in the finals on Friday.

Also competing on opening day was junior Emily Reader (Mason, Mich.) in the pole vault, senior Rachel Carman (Keokuk, Iowa) in the long jump and junior Madison Moyer (Burlington, Iowa) in the 3000m Steeplechase. Reader cleared 3.40m (11-01.75) to finish 16th.  Moyer crossed the line in 11:26.44 to finish 19th and Carman jumped 5.32m (17-05.50) to place 14th.

Competing on day two will be Blucker in the shot put, the 4x800m relay team in the finals, and the 4x400m relay team of Laura D’Angelo, Kamaria Goedhart, Peyton Kirkland and Taneka Lawson in the preliminaries.