Two title winners highlights successful weekend for Blue Streaks

April 14th, 2016

This weekend was unusually cold and snowy for April. These conditions made the John Homon meet at the University of Mount Union tougher than usual. What was originally planned to be a two-day competition stretched from Friday through Sunday.


The two titles earned for the Blue Streaks were collected by senior Emmy Jenkins and freshman Katelyn Frandanisa.


Jenkins won the 100-meter dash with a time of 13.08, edging Mount Union’s Veronica Clutter by .08 seconds.


Frandanisa also won an event, with a winning mark of 9.28 meters, beating Otterbein’s Alexus Kennedy by .01 meters. Additionally, Frandanisa took sixth in the long jump (4.78 meters).


Along with a few title winners, several Blue Streaks finished as runner-ups. The hurdles were particularly a bright spot for JCU. In the 100-meter event, junior Sara Martinko (17.19) finished second to Mount Union’s Jocelyn Sefcik (16.67).


In the 400-meter hurdles, four Blue Streaks placed in the top seven. Sophomore Jessica Swisher was second (1:09.21), followed by Martinko in third (1:09.53), sophomore Emma Harvey in sixth (1:10.18) and freshman Alainna Schmidt in seventh (1:13.26).


The 200-meter run featured junior Joy Nyaanga finishing fourth in 27.71, while fellow junior Alyssa Biedron claimed ninth in 28.31. Three Blue Streaks made the top ten in the 400-meter race – junior Ashura Powell was sixth in 1:00.99, sophomore Noelle Saluan was ninth in 1:01.83, and Biedron took tenth in 1:02.24.


The 1500-meter run featured sophomore Erin Kiley placing fifth in 4:55.93, sophomore Cassie Schillero in seventh in 4:56.62, and junior Christine Smith tenth in 4:57.31


Freshman Alexis Johnson continued her strong spring by placing ninth in the shot (9.56 meters) and eighth in the discus (31.44 meters).