Grizzlies conclude regular season with three event wins at CSM Last Chance
GOLDEN, Colo.— A small contingent of eight members of the Adams State College women’s outdoor track and field team combined for three event wins and six other top three performances but came just short of any additional NCAA Championship qualifying marks at the Colorado School of Mines Last Chance Meet, held Sunday here at the Stermole Track & Field Complex.
Senior Ashley Quintana (Pecos, N.M.) began the day on the track as she won the 5,000 meters in a time of 18 minutes, 2.93 seconds, good enough to win the 4-runner event by nearly 75 seconds over Grizzly redshirt freshman Sarah Lange (Brattleboro, Vt.), who was running unattached. Quintana’s time, which converts to 17:27.39 at sea-level, was an altitude-adjusted season-best but fell just a bit short of the NCAA provisional qualifying standard of 17:20.00.
Quintana, a 2-time Cross Country All-American in her Grizzly career, has already provisional qualified for the May 24-26 NCAA Division II National Championships in the 10,000 meters but is very much on the bubble for selection as she ranks 26th on the national performance list in that event with a mark of 36:16.71.
She will learn her qualifying fate on Tuesday when the NCAA Division II Track & Field Committee will announce its championship selections by 10 a.m. (MST) on www.ncaa.com.
Fellow Grizzly senior Tamara Fowler (Rio Rancho, N.M.) also finished her Grizzly career on a winning note as she recorded a season-best mark of 13.34 meters (43 feet, 9 ¼ inches) as the only female entrant in the shot put. That mark, the fifth best in the RMAC this season, was just six centimeters shy of the NCAA provisional qualifying standard of 13.40 meters.
Elsewhere, in the throws redshirt junior Jenna Bohnen (Erie, Colo.) won the hammer throw with a new career-best mark of 46.37 meters (152’1”), just a foot short of Michelle Maddox’s 5-year old school record of 153’1”. Bohnen also took third in the discus throw with a distance of 36.45 meters (119’7”), recorded on her only fair throw of the day. Bohnen was already an NCAA provisional qualifier in the discus throw, but sits in 40th on the national performance list at 43.40 meters (142’5”) and is unlikely to be selected for the national championships.
Elsewhere, junior Annelise Pradal (Aubierre, France) cleared an outdoor season-best height of 3.41 meters (11’ 2 ¼”) in the pole vault but fell short of the NCAA provisional qualifying standard of 3.60 meters. She tied for second amongst the nine vaulters in the field and moved up to fifth on the final Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference performance list.
The Grizzlies also received runner-up finishes on the track from senior Jazmine Ralph (Albuquerque, N.M.) and freshman Krystal Thomas (Aurora, Colo.). Ralph clocked a time of 25.74 seconds in the 200 meters while Thomas finished the 100-meter hurdles in 15.65 seconds.
Freshman Amber Lowther (Rocky Ford, Colo.) also competed in the high jump, clearing 1.58 meters (5’ 2 ¼”) to tie for third. That clearance matched her season-best, which earned her Third Team All-RMAC honors in the event at the RMAC Championships held here last Monday and Tuesday.
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