St. Lawrence University's Ella Martin jumped into the top ten nationally in the 5000 meters with a third place finish in 17:13.25 and the Saint 4x400 meter relay shattered the indoor record in that event at the Tufts Last Chance meet on Saturday. At the ECAC Championships at the Armory in New York City, Divya Biswal won the triple jump for the lone Saint title.
Martin's time is tenth nationally depending upon other results in meets this weekend. The top 15 times nationally qualify for the NCAA Division III Championships to be held next weekend, and Martin is in good position to join Biswal as Saint representatives at the meet.
The 4x400 team of Carly Stine, Anna Pond, Hannah Kinsey and Jess Marini ran 3:57.61, knocking nearly three seconds off the record set by Stine, Marissa Turner, Kinsey and Marini three weeks ago. The Saint Distance Medley Relay team of Lizzie Edwards, Stine, Marini and Martin ran 12:03.93. Both relays are just short of making the NCAA meet as the top 10 relays make the field. The Saints were 12th in the DMR prior to Saturday's meet and the 4x400 would be 19th.
Ariel Beccia, Caroline Raue and Edwards also ran the 5000 at Tufts with Beccia eighth in 17:35.33 and Raue ninth in 17:35.72. Edwards ran 18:05.00.
Biswal won the triple jump on Friday and the St. Lawrence University high jump trio of Eliza Bell, Marissa Turner and Kylie Morris all scored in that event as the Saint women's indoor track and field team placed 10th in a 50 field team at the ECAC Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Armory in New York City on Saturday.
Biswal improved her own SLU record for the fourth straight meet as she jumped 12.07 meters to win the triple jump. She holds third in the NCAA performance list, with a .03 improvement in her previous best and will compete at the NCAA Division III Championships at North Central next weekend.
Bell led the Saint contingent in the high jump, placing third. All three athletes cleared 1.64 meters with placing decided on attempts. Bell did not have a miss through 1.64 meters while Turner, who was fifth, had one miss at 1.64 and Morris had two misses in the competition. The high jumpers accounted for 11.5 of SLU's 21.5 points in the meet.
While the throwers and jumpers were competing at the Armory in the ECAC Championships, the Saint distance runners and relays ran at a "last chance" meet at Tufts to try to enhance their NCAA qualifying chances. The Armory is a banked track and new NCAA rules include an adjustment to times run on banked tracks which penalizes distance performances compared to flat tracks. The Tufts meet is run on a flat track and attracted many competitors among potential ECAC runners who are in contention for NCAA spots. Results from the Tufts meet will be posted when they are provided by the host school.
BIswal also ran just .02 off her personal best in the heats in the 60 hurdles on Friday, running 9.29 seconds, but did not qualify for the final. She finished 11th in the long jump at 5.28 meters. Kristen Linder finished 12th in the shot put in Friday's other final for Saint athletes at the Armory, throwing 11.14 meters. Jessica Tyree ws 21st in the weight throw with a 13.62 meter mark.