GRESHAM, Ore. - The Eagles are off to a good start in today’s CCC track & field championships as Luke Fischer won the javelin event with a record toss of 213-08, over a foot farther than his previous NU record of 212-04 set last year. Fischer has already qualified for the NAIA outdoor nationals in Marion, Indiana which begin May 23.
Jonathan Melton continued to have a great freshman season as he ran an 11.02 for 4th place in the 100m dash and broke his own NU record of 11.09 he set at the Ken Shannon meet at the UW last weekend.
In other events, Ericka McDaniel set an NU school record as she finished 5th in the women’s 400m hurdles with a time of 1:06.14, .82 seconds better than her previous best. Jonathan Melton came back after his record breaking 100m performance and took 6th in the 200m dash with a time of 22.37, another school record time. Corinne Burke took 7th place in the shot put (11.77m, 39-07.50) and 9th in the javelin with a throw of 34.56m (113-05).
Joanna Sowers took 8th place in the 800m run for the women (2:19.25), over a second better than a previous best and Jonathan Ferguson finished 11th in the men’s 800m with his time of 1:57.82. Meagan Governor had an 11th place finish in the 5000m run coming in at 18:57.13
The women’s 4X400 relay (McDaniel, Hall, Sowers, Anderson) took 8th in the event bettering their previous best by nearly 5 seconds with a time of 4:08.10. The men’s 4X400 relay (Cliett, Ferguson, Melton, Davis) came in 9th with a time of 3:30.53, over 5 seconds better than their season best time.
Chase Estes had a triple jump of 12.77 (41-10.75) for 9th place and Charnie Dondrea finished 15th with a long jump of 4.46m (14-07.75).
“I thought that we had another great all-around day at the CCC meet.” commented NU coach Mark Mandi. “Things got off as well as we could have expected with Luke Fischer putting on a dominating performance in the men’s javelin to win his first CCC Championship title. I’m so happy for him because he works extremely hard and I am excited to see what he can do at the national championships in a couple of weeks. Ericka McDaniel had a great performance in the 400m hurdles. She was in last place with 50m to go but she never gave up and fought hard to finish 5th place which was three spots better than she was ranked coming in to the meet. Jonathan Melton ran beyond his years in the short sprints. I know he was hoping to break 11 seconds in the 100m but he was able to leave with a 4th place finish and a new personal best.”
“Today, we had four school records broken (Luke Fischer, jav; Ericka McDaniel, 400m hurdles; Jonathan Melton, 100m & 200m) and a number of season’s bests and personal bests. As a team, this was the best performance that we’ve had at the CCC Championships and we are returning the bulk of our team. It will definitely hurt lose our graduating seniors but they’ve helped prepare the rest of the team to be better after their departure. I’m so proud of the team and what they were able to accomplish this season and weekend.”
Posted on Saturday, May 11, 2013 Share on Facebook