Saints Cymerman 3rd in NCAA 5000, sets SLU record
Saturday, March 15, 2014 - 9:19 am

St. Lawrence University senior Amy Cymerman joined former Saint distance star Wendy Pavlus as the only members of an exclusive club on Friday, finishing third in the 5000 meters at the NCAA Division III Championships in Lincoln, NE on Friday.

Cymerman ran 16:47.21 just six seconds behind second place Nicole Michmerhuizen of Calvin, who finished in 16:41.26. Lenore Moreno of LaVerne won the race in a meet record 16:32.85. Cymerman's time eclipsed Pavlus' record of 16:51.78 which was set in 2011 and was the winning time at the NCAA that year. The race was one of the fastest in NCAA Division III history.

Cymerman joins Pavlus as Saint runners who earned All America in both cross country and indoor track as Cymerman was All America in cross country in the fall and earns the same honor in track and field with her scoring finish on Friday. She will compete again Saturday when she runs in the 3000 meters.

Senior Ariel Beccia and first year Lisa Grohn also competed in the 5000, Beccia finishing 13th in 17:35.09 and Grohn 14th in 17:39.05.

Earlier in the day Friday, junior Divya Biswal competed in the long jump and finished 11th with a 5.34 meter jump (17-06.25). One of the top triple jumpers in the country, she will compete in that event on Saturday.