Scherer, Graybill Pace Green Knights to Third-Place Finish
From Sports Information Director, May 10, 2008 | Women's Track & Field
by Dan Lukes, firstname.lastname@example.org, (920) 403-4077
GALESBURG, Ill. - Jenny Scherer and Ashley Graybill were both named Midwest Conference Performers of the Year to lift the St. Norbert College women's track and field team to a convincing third-place finish at the Midwest Conference Outdoor Championships at Knox College.
St. Norbert totaled 122 points, well ahead of fourth-place Beloit's 67. Monmouth won the meet with 241 points, followed by runner-up Carroll's 165 points. It was the Green Knights' best team finish at the women's outdoor meet since winning the championship in 1991.
Scherer got things off to a good start with a win in the 10,000-meter run. Scherer won by over 3/4 of a minute with a school-record time of 36:27.59, a mark that provisionally qualifies her for the NCAA Division III Outdoor Championship. In the 3,000-meter steeplechase, Scherer just missed provisionally qualifying in that event with a time of 11:15.59, though the mark was good for a conference record. Scherer went on to finish second in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 18:10.87.
Graybill won the 200- and 400-meter dashes. Graybill's school-record time of 56.32 seconds in the 400 broke an 11-year old conference record. In the 200, Graybill's time of 26.36 seconds was good enough to win by over one-tenth of a second.
Marisa Trakanovich claimed St. Norbert's other individual championship with a school-record time of 1:05.35 in the 400-meter hurdles. Trakanovich was second in the 100-meter hurdles at 16.00 seconds.
St. Norbert won the 4x400-meter relay with a time of 3:59.47 seconds. The Green Knights' 4x100-meter relay team was second with a time of 49.71 seconds. Both marks are school records. Anne Mueller, Trakanovich, Emily Sommers and Graybill were on the 4x100 team. Trakanovich, Sommers, Graybill and Katie Meyer were on the 4x400 unit.
Jenna Kick and Meg Gross gave St. Norbert a strong showing in the 10K run, adding a third- and fourth-place showing, respectively.
Mueller was fourth in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 16.14 seconds. Sommers added a fourth-place finish in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:28.58.