2010 NCAA Track & Field Championships Day One Recap
TLU's Briana Aiken
By: Norm Weber
May 27, 2010
BEREA, OHIO -- Texas Lutheran’s Briana Aiken could in many ways be considered a “natural,” proving so in the jumping pit in The George Finnie Stadium at the NCAA Division III National Track & Field Championship Meet here this afternoon.
Normally a runner, Aiken began long jumping for the first time one month ago. A quick study, Aiken did well enough in that one month to qualify here and then put on the capstone today by winning the national championship with a jump of 19 feet 3 ½ inches.
A total of 10 national champions were crowned today.
On the men’s side, Concordia’s (Wisc.) Brock Solveson earned the national title in the javelin with a throw of 219 feet, nine inches, California Lutheran’s Eric Flores the top honors in the hammer throw with a heave of 217 feet, eight inches, North Central College’s Jake Winder the best of the best honors in the pole vault with a leap of 16 feet, 11 inches, MIT’s Stephen Morton in the long jump with a leap of 23 feet, nine inches, and North Central’s Kyle Brady in the 10,000-meter run with a finish of 30:15.91.
In addition to Aiken on the women’s side, today’s champions included Wisconsin Oshkosh’s Holly Ozanich in the hammer with a throw of 188 feet, four inches, Carroll University’s Amanda Trieloff with throw of 150 feet, four inches, Moravian College’s Anna Heim in the pole vault with a leap of 13 feet, six and 1/2 inches, and University of Chicago’s Liz Lawton with a 34:41.59 finish in the 10,000-meter run.
After the first day, North Central leads the men’s competition with 41 team points, followed by Rowan (14), MIT (13), Wisconsin La Crosse (10), St. Thomas (10), Concordia (Wisc.) (10) and Cal Lutheran (10).
Concordia's Brock Solveson defended
his javelin championship.
Others attaining All-American status in the men’s long jump were Wisconsin La Crosse’s Kellen McCrary, Carthage’s Buzzy Brown, Central’s Ethan Miller, Nebraska Wesleyan’s Jack Chatelian, Heidelberg’s Julius Higginbotham, UW- La Crosse’s Isaac Vasquez and Amherst’s Thebe Tsatsimpe.
Other All-Americans in the men’s 10,000 were North Central’s Mike Spain, Amherst’s Dan Murner, Lynchburg’s Rick Flynn, Tufts’ Jesse Faller, Plattsburgh-SUNY’s Mike Heymann, Washington (Mo.) University’s Mike Burnstein, and Wisconsin Eau Claire’s Kevin Hall.
Those becoming All-Americans in the hammer were Claremont Mudd Scripps’ Taylor Berliant, Keene State’s Bryan Kolacz, Wisconsin Stout’s Sean Larson, Bates’ Rich McNeil, Baldwin Wallace’s Kevin Phipps, Carthage’s Josh Brennan, and Rennsselear’s Erik Whiting.
Pole vault All-Americans included Rochester Institute of Technology’s Mike Dempsey, North Central’s Tom Stacey, McMurray’s Steve Toler, North Central’s John Wood, McMurray’s Tom DiMitri, Texas Tyler’s Taylor Reed and McMurry’s Cory Altenberg.
Javelin throw All-Americans joining Solveson were Rowan’s Sean Biehn and Sean Corey, North Park’s Lars Tenglin, Marietta’s Mike Pankowski, MIT’s Vlad Sobes, Monmouth’s Dan Higgins, and Whitworth’s Alex Hymel.
After the first day and first five meets of the decathlon, Central’s Kurtis Brondyke leads, followed by Chris Newport’s Roch Roethel, Case Reserve’s Obinna Nwanna, Central’s Ethan Miller and busy guy Solveson from Concordia.
After the first four events of the heptathlon, Ithaca’ Emma Dewart leads, followed in the top five by Bridgewater’s Courtney Hartman, Hope’s Kara VandeGuchte, Illinois College’s Candy Norville and Gustavas Adolphus’ Kaelene Lundstrum.
Wisconsin Oshkosh leads the women’s team race with 21 points, followed by Moravian with 15, Chicago with 14, Carroll with 14 and Carleton with 11.
Other 10,000 All-Americans were Pomona Pitzer’s Alicia Freese, Carleton’s Simone Childs, St. Norbert’s Jenny Scherer, Carroll’s Megan O’Grady, Willliams’ Jen Gossels, and Washington (Mo.) University’s Taryn Surtees.
Female pole vault All-Americans were North Central’s Rachel Secrest, UW-Eau Claire’s Hayley Suckow, Widener’s Abby Schaffer, Muhlenberg’s Alex Faust, Bridgewater’s Chris Rhodes, Richard Stockton’s Rachel Joseph, and Texas Lutheran’s Ligia Boliver.
Hammer throw All-Americans were Cal Lutheran’s Christa Youngren, UW-Oshkosh’s Sue Trzebiatowski and Ellie Sitek, Chicago’s Claire Ray, St. Lawrence’s Alyssa Pirinelli, Nebraska Wesleyan’s Amanda Brichacek, and Greenville’s Rochaunda Harris.
Those joining Aiken for All-American status in the long jump were UW-LaCrosse’s Ashton May, Methodist University’s Ashlynn Chavis, Moravian’s Symonne Scott, Springfield’s Nikki Hay, McMurry’s Breana Anderson, Illinois Wesleyan’s Lauren Alpert and Heidelberg’s Marian Bevington.
Other javelin All-Americans were St. Thomas’s Kyley Crotty, Occidental’s Kelly Young, Carleton’s Kelly Lovett, Richard Stockton’s Jill Shaner, Waynesburg’s Elisha Jones, Redlands’ Mackenzie Smith and Allegheny’s Lauren Butler.