JCU places 11th against tough competition

February 18th, 2016


The John Carroll University women’s track and field team earned 32 total points at the All-Ohio Championships in Westerville, Ohio on Saturday, Feb. 13, placing 11 out of 17 teams.


For the Blue Streaks, the highlight of the day came during the 4 x 400. Juniors Joy Nyaanga and Sara Martinko, sophomore Noelle Saluan and freshman Ashura Powell raced to a 4:04.84 finish, falling just short of Wittenberg University’s first place team, who finished with a time of 4:04.44.


Senior Emmy Jenkins placed in the top three in the 60-meter dash, crossing the finish line at 8.00. Jenkins also took part in the 4 x 200 relay race, where she partnered with Nyaanga, Martinko and Powell to place eighth.


Junior Becky Rowher scored points for JCU in two races as well, claiming sixth in the mile (5:18.92) and seventh in the 800-meter run (2:42.52).


A few more Blue Streaks rounded out the top eight finishes for the meet. Junior Schasia Modrzynski finished second in the 3000-meter run with a time of 10:16.46, while sophomore Erin Kelly ran a 10:36.50 to claim eighth. Fellow sophomore Lauren Gornik also earned eighth in race, crossing the finish line at 18:58.72 in the 5000-meter run.


The University of Mount Union won the meet with 98.5 points, followed closely behind by Otterbein University (94.5), with Ohio Wesleyan University (78), Ohio Northern University (66) and Baldwin Wallace University (64) rounding out the top five.


The track and field team will return to action this coming weekend. On Feb. 19, the team will compete in Berea, Ohio at the Greater Cleveland Championships and then also on Saturday, Feb. 20 in Kent, Ohio at the Kent State Tune-Up.