Women's Track & Field breezes to GLVC Indoor Championship

Lewis Women's Track and Field breezes to 2014 GLVC Indoor Championship

Published: March 3, 2014.

For the third time in the last five years, the Lewis University women's track and field team can claim indoor supremacy, as the Flyers won the 2014 Great Lakes Valley Conference Indoor Championships at the University of Indianapolis' Athletics & Recreation Center on Saturday (March 1).

The Flyers won the titles in 2010 and 2011, before Bellarmine claimed the last two indoor championships.

Lewis finished with 209 total points with Indianapolis in second place with 120 points.

"We really dominated from the start," Lewis head women's track and field coach Dana Schwarting said. "We took control from the first event and never looked back."

Lewis freshman Amanda Farrough (South Bend, Ind./Clay) won the 1-mile run with a NCAA Provisional time of 5:03.17 and added a championship in the 3,000-meter run (10:12.55). Farrough was selected as the GLVC Freshman of the Year following the meet.

Lewis junior Rebecca Priesler (Romeoville, Ill./Romeoville) broke her own school-record in the pole vault with a NCAA Provisional and second-place mark of 11'7 3/4" (3.55m). Senior Megan Marchildon (Ypsilanti, Mich./Lincoln Consolidated) set a career-best in the 60-meter hurdles with a second-place and NCAA Provisional time of 8.65.

Flyer sophomore Amber Cook (Grayslake, Ill./Warren Township) placed second in the both the triple jump (37'3 1/4"/11.36m) and high jump (5'3 1/4"/1.61m). Lewis junior Amy Polhemus (Hawthorn Woods, Ill./Lake Zurich) was a runner-up in the 400-meter dash (58.30), while classmate Kayla King (Chicago, Ill./Mother McAuley) was also second in the 60-meter dash (7.90).

Lewis freshman Stephanie Nielsen (Racine, Wis./Case) also picked up a second-place finish in the 800-meter run (2:20.25), while sophomore Chantel Stennis (Bolingbrook, Ill./Bolingbrook) was a runner-up in the 200-meter dash with a NCAA Provisional time of 25.26. Stennis' time was .01 behind Indianapolis' LaTisha Martin for the championship.

Marchildon, Stennis, Polhemus and senior Krysten Sebby (Yorkville, Ill./Yorkville) teamed up for the title in the 4x400 relay (3:59.12).

Following the meet, Marchildon was selected as the Track Athlete of the Year, while Schwarting earned Coach of the Year accolades.

Lewis will now await to see who will qualify for the NCAA Division II Indoor Women's Track and Field Championships in Winston-Salem, N.C. on March 13th and 14th.

Lewis University is a Catholic university in the Lasallian tradition offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,600 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The seventh largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report. Visit www.lewisu.edu for further information.

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