Just one more.
It’s a mantra senior women’s track, and field athlete Jacey Cauhorn thinks about a lot as the days roll by in the fifth month of 2018. As the days pass by, the Kendallville, Ind., native gets closer and closer to winding up a degree in Athletic Training, starkly aware the sand is running out of the hourglass on something she loves.
“I’m going to miss (Manchester University) so much,” she said recently. “I’ve got so many great memories and wonderful times to think back on … but, I try to create more, so I’m spending as much time as I can with friends in any way possible whether it’s studying, practicing with teammates or just going to meals (as examples).”
When she’s had another chance, it’s been successful, especially in regards to her career with Director of Cross Country and Track and Field Brian Cashdollar and his staff. Cauhorn has captured nine meet championship event titles, including Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference titles in the discus outdoors this spring and the shot put this past winter indoors, over her four-year membership with the Black and Gold. The Kendallville, Ind., native’s name is among the all-time top 10 outdoors in the shot put, discus (ranked second), hammer and javelin (school record holder) as well as the shot put and weight throw indoors.
Even with those accolades and a combined four indoor and outdoor all-conference honors in tow, Cauhorn is hoping for another chance she calls “an opportunity of a lifetime.”
“Being able to qualify for NCAA Division III nationals would mean the world (to me),” she admitted. “It’s what everyone strives for … to compete for the championships. It’d be a wonderful way to end (my competition career).”
She’ll get the one more throw plus at the North Central College of Illinois Gregory Invitational in Naperville, Ill., May 16 and 17. Cauhorn ranked in the top 30 nationally going into the May 11-12 weekend of meets.
“I always tell (assistant) Coach (Kaylea) Jachno that if I can get one good throw off, the jitters go away and I’m relaxed,” she said. “With the discus, your body has been in line, or the attempt is way off. I got my one good throw in at conference, and the outcome was amazing … it was something I’ll always cherish (being a conference champion).”
Life will be giving her several one more abilities even after she leaves the North Manchester campus.
“I’m excited for what lies ahead,” Cauhorn said of a post-graduate track that may include coaching and mentoring young student-athletes as well as going to graduate school in sports psychology following a year away from studying and the daily grind of college life. “I love helping people … especially athletes. I’ve seen what that type of relationship can do. (The path to where I’ve reached) is due to coaches in middle and high school and college being important to me in and out of the competition.”
Another opportunity, another interaction, another one more … something that has carried Jacey Cauhorn to success at Manchester University.