Saints Biswal is national champion, Cymerman three season All America
Sunday, May 25, 2014 - 9:03 am

St. Lawrence University junior Divya Biswal became the fourth athlete in SLU track and field history to win a Division III national event championship and senior Amy Cymerman became the second woman to earn All America honors in three seasons in a single year at the NCAA Division III Track and Field Championships at Ohio Wesleyan on Saturday.

Biswal, who finished fourth in the long jump earlier in the NCAA meet, joins Karen Lamora, Alyssa Pirinelli and Wendy Pavlus as a Saint national champion in track and field. Cymerman finished third in the steeplechase in the first of her two races on Saturday to earn All America honors for the third time this year in track and field.

Biswal's two scoring finishes plus Cymerman's third place gave the Saints 21 points in the meet and a tie for eighth in the final standings.

Biswal improved her own SLU record in winning the title with a 12.47 meter jump (40-11.0). The winning jump came on her final try of the finals. She led the competition nearly wire-to-wire as her 12.25 meter mark on the first jump of the competition was the third best of the day. Second place finisher Bria Halama of Wisconsin-LaCrosse jumped 12.26 meters on the second jump of the final round, but Biswal took the title with the 12.47 meter effort on her final jump of the competition.

Cymerman ran 10:29.93 in the steeplechase final with Lucy Cheedle of Washington University winning in 10:20.6. Heidelberg senior Sophie Goobic was second in 10:27.37.

Cymerman joined the lead group early, moving into third on the second lap and took second just past the midway point in the race. Cheedle pulled away from Goobic and Cymerman with two laps to go and Goobic slipped past Cymerman and into second at the start of the bell lap. Cymerman held her position the rest of the way, comfortably in front of fourth place finisher Sammi Bruett of Wartburg. Cymerman's time was the second fastest steeplechase in Saint program history, trailing only her own record of 10:24.30 run earlier this season.

With her third place finish, Cymerman earned All America honors for the fourth time this season and joined Wendy Pavlus as one of the few athletes in SLU athletic program history to earn All America status in three sport seasons in the same year. She was also All America in cross country in the fall and in the 3000 and 5000 in the indoor season.

Cymerman and Lisa Grohn also competed in the 5000 meters on Saturday, with Cymerman finishing 15th in 17:29.01 and Grohn 22nd in 18:11.01 in her first NCAA outdoor competition.