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