UCM Track Team Crowns Four All-Americans
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The Mules and Jennies started out strong on day one of the NCAA Division II Indoor National Championships. UCM already saw four All-Americans crowned in Brittany Kallenberger, Erika Kinsey, Caniggia Raynor and Heavin Warner.
Warner, a National Champion in the hammer throw last year at outdoors, was named All-American in the weight throw for the second straight year. She bettered her own school record with a mark of 68' 6". Warner is back in action tomorrow, competing in the shot put.
Raynor was also in the weight throw for UCM. He too was crowned All-American as he finished sixth in the event, with a throw of 65' 1.25".
Kallenberger claimed her first All-American honor at UCM. She placed sixth in the pole vault, jumping 12' 9.5", an inch off of her personal-best set earlier this year.
Kinsey took fourth place in the long jump to attain her All-American status. Her jump of 19' 10.25" on her final attempt vaulted her into fourth place. Kinsey will compete in the high and triple jumps tomorrow. She enters both events as the leader in the field.
Tyler Chancellor and Blake Seitz started the day competing in the first day of the men's heptathlon. After four of the seven events, Chancellor is in fourth place with 3026 points and Seitz is eighth with 2860 points.
Both of their highest places came in the shot put. Chancellor was second with a throw of 46-9" and Seitz was fifth with a 41-7.75" mark.
A year ago, Seitz finished eighth, to be named All-American. Tomorrow's events will be the 60m hurdles, pole vault and 1,000m run.
Madison Smith and Zoe Sharplin both took part in the 60m hurdles. Smith ran a new personal-best 8.60, third-fastest in school history to finish 10th. Sharplin ran an 8.74 to finish 15th. Although they didn't qualify for the top-eight finals, they will both compete tomorrow in the pentathlon.
For the Mules on the track, Osvaldo Granillo (400m) and Kellin Loch (800m) competed in the preliminary rounds of their events. Loch ran a 1:53.13 and finished 11th overall, while Granillo ran a 51.68 and placeed 17th. They are both also a part of the 4x400m relay team which competes tomorrow.
Tomorrow will see the conclusion of the men's heptathlon and all five events of the women's pentathlon. Kinsey will be jumping in the high and triple jumps and Warner will throw the shot put.
Cole Phillips will look to earn his first All-American honor. He's ranked second in the pole vault.
On the track, the Mules 4x400m relay team will compete. They enter the event ranked third in the nation with a school-record 3:11.59. First events start at 9 a.m.
(Courtesy of UCM Athletic Department)