Osborne and Yerkes Highlight Roanoke at NCAA Div. III Outdoor Track & Field Championships
MARIETTA, OH --- Roanoke had a solid outing to finish the 2009 season at the NCAA Div. III Outdoor Track & Field Championships this weekend on the campus of Marietta College. It was the fifth-straight year that the Maroons advanced to the NCAA's.
The 4x100 relay team (Candace Lewis, Jaleesa Osborne, Jazamine Stallings, Robin Yerkes) advanced to the finals with a prelim time of 47.26 which was fifth overall heading into the final day of competition. In the finals, the Maroons finished eighth to earn All-American honors.
Osborne competed in two more events on the weekend in the long jump and the 100-meter dash. On the opening day of the championships, the Ordinary, Va. native advanced to the finals on her final jump, leaping 5.55-meters. It would be her best time as she finished sixth overall to earn her second All-American honor of the weekend. In the 100-meters, she finished 13th out of 22 runners with a time of 12.46.
The two-sport star earned an automatic qualifying standard at the Bridgewater Last Chance Meet in her final jump of the meet. She qualified for nationals with a provisional mark in the first meet of the season and hit that mark in every meet of the season except for the OXY Invitational on May 9.
After a disappointing first day for Yerkes in the 200-meters, Yerkes rebounded to end the weekend on a high note. She placed second in the 400-meters to earn her second All-American honor of the meet. After finishing 10th in the 200 (24.83), missing the finals by a tenth of a second, Yerkes ran a 54.78 in the 400 to end a fantastic season for the Arnold, MD native.
The two-time USTFCCCA Div. III South/Southeast Region Female Track Athlete of the Year won the indoor national championship in the 400-meters back in March. It was the second track National Champion and the first National Championship for Roanoke since Casey Smith won the 10,000 meters in 2000. Roanoke now has four NCAA Championships to their claim, two coming since 2000.
Freshman Sarah Witt ran in her first NCAA Championship event in the 100-meter hurdles, finishing sixth in her heat with a time of 15.04. By the meets' end, Roanoke took home some hardware, with six All-America honors.
The Maroons, who are the four-time defending outdoor ODAC Champions, will return everyone that advanced to nationals from this seasons' squad.
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