MARION, Ind. - After day one of the Mid-Central College Conference Track and Field Championships, the Marian University women's track and field team sat in fourth place.
All-Conference performer Rachel Kenney
led the Knights with a first-place finish in the high jump. The junior hit a national qualifying mark of 1.65 meters and will head to the NAIA National Championships May 25-28 in Marion, Ind.
In the field events, freshman Kassandra Sprinkle
picked up a sixth-place finish for the Knights in the shot put (11.19m) and a seventh-place finish in the discus (34.38m).
In the qualifying stages, sophomore Amy Walker
placed eighth in the 200 meter dash, with a time of 27.04, which was good enough to send her to the finals; and sophomore Jaymee Schambers
and senior Miriam Karwath
qualified for the finals in the 100 meter hurdles with fourth and sixth-place finishes.
On day two at the MCC Championships, sophomore Whitley Emerson
turned in a second-place finish for the Knights in the javelin with a throw of 37.18 meters.
On the track, Shepherd turned in a pair of fourth-place finishes in the 800 meters (2:22.69) and 1,500 meters (4:56.53). Shepherd was also part of the 4x400 relay team that finished fourth, with a time of 4:06.43. In the 800, Borchelt narrowly edged out Shepherd for third, with a time of 2:22.20.
Walker finished off her weekend with a sixth-place finish in the 400 meter dash (59.14) and an eight-place finish in the 200 meter dash (26.83).
In the finals of the 100 meter hurdles, Karwath picked up the fourth-place finish, and Schambers followed her in fifth.
Walsh also picked up points for MU with her sixth-place finish in the 3,000 meter steeplechase.
MU ended up finishing fourth in the championships and is back in action on Thursday as they travel to Bloomington, Ind., to compete in the IU Billy Hayes Invitational.