NAPERVILLE, ILL. – For a third successive meet, Manchester University sophomore women’s distance running standout Hannah Wappes took the white out to the program’s 1500 meter record.
The Columbia City, Ind., native kept her NCAA Division III national performance list top 40 residence intact at North Central College’s Gregory Invitational. Part of a 21-competitor field on the Benedetti-Wehrli Track and Field Complex surface Thursday, May 17, she crossed in a 4:35.87, 61-hundredths of a second quicker than a 4:36.48 effort she turned in at the same venue just a week before. Her mark was good for fourth, trailing only the nation’s ninth, 20th and 25th-quickest marks.
Wappes turned in two best ten finishes during the late afternoon in the Chicago suburbs. She raced to a 2:16.96 in the 800 which was good for ninth in the 27-runner field.
Director of Cross Country and Track and Field Brian Cashdollar’s teams didn’t stop there impressive overall outing there. Junior men’s jump specialist Justin Meredith (Shelbyville, Ind.) turned heads in the long jump, hitting the sand at better than 21 feet for the first time in his Black and Gold career. His 21-foot, six-inch mark was good for fifth-farthest in program history and the event standings. Senior men’s sprinter Harrison Hollis (Lebanon, Ind.) completed a top-notch collegiate athletics’ career, racing to first 10s in the 100 (11.13 seconds – 10th place) and 200 (22.48 seconds – sixth place). The women’s throws trio of seniors Jacey Cauhorn (Kendallville, Ind.) and Kara Brueckman (Crown Point, Ind.) and sophomore Austin Jones (Lapel, Ind.) turned top fives in the discus, as Cauhorn went over 40 meters for a fourth successive outing, tossing the oval 133 feet, seven inches for runner-up honors, and Jones and Brueckman, going three-four in the hammer, both set new personal career bests with Jones sending the orb and chain 157 feet, eight inches, and Breuckman launching it 156 feet, three inches. They now stand second and third, respectively, on MU’s all-time list.