NORTH MANCHESTER, IND. – Senior thrower Shay Aator (West Lafayette, Ind.) and senior distance runner Mariah Jordan (Fort Wayne, Ind.) look to add to the impressive history of Manchester women’s outdoor track and field Thursday through Saturday, May 25-27.
Meet details: The duo represents the Spartans at the 2017 NCAA Division III Championships hosted by the University Of Mount Union at The Spire Institute in Geneva, Ohio. Jordan, appearing in her second outdoor championship, races in the 10,000 meters at 9:45 a.m. Thursday, while Aator, in her first outdoor and third combined indoor/outdoor national meet, competes in the hammer throw with a 10:30 a.m. start Saturday … Director of Cross Country and Track and Field Brian Cashdollar’s program makes its third national meet appearance since 2010 and seeks its first All-American honor since former standout Kailey (Honn) Leemkuil ’10 won the high jump as a senior … Live results and video from the championships is available via links at www.muspartans.com, the Internet home of Manchester University athletics.
Spartan Shorts: Aator, a four-time Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference champion in her event as part of a combined six league indoor and outdoor event titles, needed a school record launch of 170 feet, four inches (51.92 meters) in the regular season finale at North Central College of Illinois May 17 to lock up a national meet berth. She narrowly missed indoor All-American accolades as a junior and senior, placing ninth in each case in the 20-pound weight throw … Jordan, a heavily-decorated cross country and indoor and outdoor track and field athlete that sports 17 conference event titles in the three disciplines, claimed a top 10 finish at St. Lawrence University in the 10,000 during the 2015 outdoor nationals with a time of 36:39.58 placing her 10th. She enters the weekend ranked 17th in the 22-runner field with a season best mark of 36:07.08, second-fastest in program history and a personal career best, at North Central May 11 .. Both members of the Class of 2017 began outdoor nationals’ week on a high note Monday, May 22, earning all-Great Lakes region awards from the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. It was the third combined indoor and outdoor all-region recognition for each of them.