Two BW Tracksters Earn All-America Acclaim at NCAA Division III Indoor Championship Meet
GRINNELL, IOWA -- Four Baldwin Wallace University indoor track and field student-athletes, sophomore heptathlete Brandon Eddy (Cuyahoga Heights) and shot putters in junior Zach Marinucci (Brunswick), senior Leslie Pernell (Springfield/ Central Catholic) and freshman Danielle Torrence (Canton/ South), competed today (Saturday, March 10) on the second and final day of the 2012 NCAA Division III National Track & Field Championship Meet at Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa. Highlighting the day was both Torrence and Eddy earning Division III All-American honors.
In the women’s shot put, Torrence threw a career-best 46-feet and eight inches to place third and finish just 2.75” shy of winning the national title as a freshman. During the last two weeks of the season, Torrence improved her career-best throw in the shot from 40’10.75” to 44’0.25” at last Saturday’s University of Mount Union “Last Chance” Meet to today’s career-best effort.
In addition in the women’s shot put, Pernell placed ninth with a throw of 43’9” and missed earning All-America honors by one spot. The top eight competitors in each event earn All-America acclaim.
Eddy, who entered the meet ranked first nationally in the heptathlon, a seven-event and two-day competition, finished fourth as he scored 4,928 points. Today, he ran the 60-meter hurdles in 8.78 seconds, pole vaulted 15’1” and ran the 1000 meters in 3:07.66. Yesterday, Eddy ran the 60-meter dash in 7.43 seconds, long jumped 20’8.5”, high jumped a career-best 6’7.5” and threw the shot put 35’8.75”. He stood third after the first day.
In the men’s shot put, Marinucci narrowly missed earning All-America acclaim as he finished ninth with a throw of 54’2”.
Yesterday and in addition to competing in the first day of the heptathlon, Eddy placed 11th individually in the pole vault with a vault of 15’3.5” and junior thrower Cristina Perrine (Middleburg Heights/ Midpark), who also competed in the discus at the 2011 NCAA Division III Outdoor National Championship Meet, placed ninth in the weight throw with a toss of 54’7.5”. She missed earning Division III All-America accolades by 2.5”.
The BW track team has completed its indoor season. The outdoor season began this weekend as a number of men and women competed at the annual Coastal Carolina University Snowbird Invitational Meet in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The Yellow Jackets are back in action next weekend, Friday and Saturday, March 16-17, when they compete at the annual University of North Carolina Charlotte 49er Invitational Meet.