The Lewis University women's track and field team served notice this past weekend, as the Flyers notched a total of 12 NCAA Provisional standards at the UIndy Relay Open, hosted by the University of Indianapolis, at the Athletics Recreation Center on Saturday (Feb. 8) afternoon.
"This is the best women's weekend we've had since I've been here," Lewis head women's track and field coach Dana Schwarting said. "This was the breakout we've been looking for all year.
"We will try to ride this wave of momentum into our conference meet in a few weeks."
Lewis freshman Amanda Farrough (South Bend, Ind./Clay) set a NCAA Provisional mark in the 1-mile run, as she finished second overall with a time of 5:05.25. Flyer sophomore Amber Cook (Grayslake, Ill./Warren Township) pitched in NCAA Provisional standards and won in both the high jump (5'5 1/4"/1.66m) and triple jump (37'10 3/4"/11.55m).
Flyer sophomore Chantel Stennis (Bolingbrook, Ill./Bolingbrook) also set a NCAA Provisional mark in the 200-meter dash with a winning time of 25.41 and added a victory in the 60-meter dash (7.91). Stennis also ran a leg of the winning 4x400 relay (3:59.22) along with seniors Megan Marchildon (Ypsilanti, Mich./Lincoln Consolidated), Krysten Sebby (Yorkville, Ill./Yorkville) and junior Amy Polhemus (Hawthorn Woods, Ill./Lake Zurich). Marchildon added a second-place finish in the 60-meter hurdles (9.22).
Junior Kayla King (Chicago, Ill./Mother McAuley) finished behind Stennis in the 60-meter dash with a runner-up showing of 7.93 and won the long jump with a NCAA Provisional leap of 18'8 1/4" (5.70m). King edged out teammate Samantha McGaha (Greenwood, Ind./Perry Meridian) who finished second with a NCAA Provisional jump of 18'2" (5.54m).
Lewis senior Rebecca Priesler (Romeoville, Ill./Romeoville) tallied a second-place mark of 11'5 3/4" (3.50m) in the pole vault. Lewis returns to action on Friday (Feb. 14), as the Flyers head to Naperville, Ill., to participate in the Chicagoland Championships, hosted by North Central.
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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