Greg Patrick earned his second
straight All-America honor in the shot.
By: Gerry Henson, Elyria Chronicle-Telegram
May 28, 2010
BEREA, OHIO -- The first time was the charm for Baldwin Wallace junior Kim Chinn as she was second in the 3,000 steeplechase during second-day competition for the NCAA Division III Outdoor Nationals on Friday.
“All week, I wasn’t sure how well I would do in my first national meet,” said Chinn. “This is my first year in the event and the first time that I’ve run it here at Baldwin Wallace. Being familiar with the track probably helped me as did performing in front of a home crowd.
“This is a race that is easy to get down on yourself mentally. The cheering keeps you going. I felt strong at today’s start and was able to break out of a pack at the midpoint. From there, I took out a girl at a time.
“I told myself that I had to go and give it my all. I always wanted to run this event. Getting better with each meet definitely helped me today. I really enjoy running this race despite its obstacles and probably will stick with it.”
Chinn’s second-place time was 10:30.53, 13.37 seconds behind winner Jacqui Wentz, a senior from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and 2.11 seconds better than defending champion Stephanie Perleburg, a senior from Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
Chinn came into the outdoor meet with the nation’s 10th best qualifying time (10:45.10) and Ohio Athletic Conference Distance Runner of the Year honors after she won the mile and the steeplechase at the OAC Meet.
She and teammate D’Arcy Hlavin also competed in the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championship Meet hosted by Baldwin Wallace University during the fall of 2009.
Baldwin Wallace senior Greg Patrick (Collins/Western Reserve) was a little disappointed but still quite happy as his Yellow Jackets career came to a close.
Patrick earned his third All-American status after he was seventh in the shot put with a toss of 53 feet, 7½ inches.
“This wasn’t my best meet,” said Patrick. “I wasn’t finishing my throws as I didn’t get my finishing (left) foot down as I should at the board.
“Yet, I’m happy that I made it to the podium and will take it. It surely was nice to compete close to home so a lot of my family and friends could cheer me on. Also, other coaches and athletes who know me were in attendance.”
Patrick qualified for the finals with the eighth best toss (52-6¾) and fouled on his first attempt in the finals before getting his seventh-place throw. His final toss of the meet was 15 inches shy of his one that gave his third trip to the podium.
“I was a little nervous after the first round,” said Patrick. “But I was sure I could make All-American if I got out of that round.”
Patrick was eighth at the 2009 outdoor championships and followed that up with his third-place finish at the 2010 indoor championships for his other two All-American earnings.
Senior Brandon Fugett of Salisbury (Md.) University won the shot put with an NCAA Division III season’s best toss (58-9¼).