Grizzly women continue stellar efforts at Mt. SAC Relays
Relay quartet, McGlynn set NCAA auto marks
WALNUT, Calif.— Sophomore Kristen McGlynn (Bailey, Colo.) and the 4X100-meter relay quartet of freshman Chelsea Fenderson (Aurora, Colo.), junior Indira Spence (Trelawny, Jamaica), senior Jazmine Ralph (Albuquerque, N.M.) and junior KayMarie Jones (St. Elizabeth, Jamaica) both set NCAA Division II Championship Automatic qualifying times as every Adams State College women that competed set NCAA qualifying marks on Friday, the second of three days here at the 53rd Annual Mt. SAC Relays, which wrap up Saturday here at Hilmer Lodge Stadium.
After the relay team set a blazing quick time of 45.10 seconds to win the University/Open section of the event in the afternoon, McGlynn turned in an effort of 16:19.07 in the Olympic Development section of the 5,000 meters. Both times will rank as high as third on the national performance lists by the end of the weekend.
The Grizzlies also had five other NCAA Division II Championship provisional qualifying efforts in four different events throughout the day.
Jones got the day started with a time of 14.01 seconds in the 100-meter hurdles, just 0.21 seconds off her season-best set Thursday night at the Cal State-Los Angeles Twilight Open. She then came back to run the anchor leg in the Grizzlies’ relay effort that was the same margin off the Grizzly school record of 44.89 seconds set her during Adams State’s 2008 NCAA Division II Championship win. Spence ran the anchor leg on that team as well.
That Grizzlies then turned their attention to the shot put ring as redshirt freshman Katie Kruger (Alamosa, Colo.), who leads the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference performance list at 13.77 meters (45’ 2 ¼”) turned in a effort of 13.49 meters (44 feet, 3 ½ inches).
The Grizzlies’ efforts then moved to the track as junior Lindsey Grasmick (Fowler, Colo.) clocked a personal-best time of 2:13.38 in the 800 meters.
It was then McGlynn’s time to shine as she turned in an outdoor personal-best time of 16:19.07 in the 5,000 meters while competing in the same race as former Grizzly great Zoila Gomez, who finished in 16:10.98. McGlynn broke Gomez’s indoor school record in February with a time of 16:16.51.
Gomez, a 2-time World Championship competitor in the marathon, still holds the Grizzlies’ outdoor school record of 15:57.93, set at the 2004 Mt. SAC Relays.
Finally, the Grizzlies received two more NCAA provisional qualifying efforts in the “B Section” of the University/Open Division from Cassie Mitchell (Tustin, Calif.) and Kelly Lamb (Creede, Colo.), late additions to the event.
After both had run personal best times in the 3,000-meter steeplechase here on Thursday, Mitchell turned in a time of 17:03.08 in her first Grizzly effort at the distance. Lamb, also running the event for the first time as a Grizzly, finished in 17:07.16, which was also well under the NCAA provisional qualifying standard of 17:20.00.