Saints women's track 9th in ratings, sweep Atlantic Region awards
St. Lawrence University's women's track and field program has cracked the top ten in the USTFCCCA computer rankings heading into the NCAA Division III Championships in Ohio this weekend. The Saints also swept the major USTFCCCA awards for the spring season in women's track and field.
The Saints jumped to ninth in the latest ranking, up from 11th and are the only Atlantic Region team in the top 25. SLU is fifth among Eastern teams following Williams, Amherst, MIT and Wheaton, which rank fifth through eighth. Wisconsin-Oshkosh is the current rankings leader.In the USTFCCCA regional awards, Amy Cymerman was the Atlantic Region Track Athlete of the Year, Divya Biswal was the Field Athlete of the Year and coach Kate Curran was the Coach of the Year.
Cymerman and Biswal will compete in two events each and rookie Lisa Grohn will join them at the NCAA Championships at Ohio Wesleyan starting Thursday.
Cymerman will run in the 3000 meter steeplechase and the 5,000 meter run. She will compete in the trials in the steeplechase Thursday at 4:30 p.m. with the final set for 1 p.m. Saturday and will run the 5000 at 4:45 on Saturday. Cymerman will be joined in the 5000 by Grohn and both runners will be competing in a national championship meet for the third time this year. Both were members of the Saint cross country team with Cymerman earning All America honors and both ran in the indoor championships where Cymerman was All America with a third place finish in the 5000 and sixth at 3000 meters.
Cymerman has the ninth best time at 5,000 meters thus far this season and the best time nationally in the steeplechase. She also qualified for the 10,000 meters with the second best time nationally, but elected not to compete in that event this weekend. She is undefeated against Division III competition in the spring season.
Biswal will also be in competition and was All America indoors in the triple jump with a third place finish. She will compete in both the long and triple jumps with the long jump being contested at 3:30 p.m. Thursday and the triple jump at 3 p.m. Saturday.
Between them, Biswal and Cymerman overhauled the Saint recordbook in the 2013 season, Biswal establishing new program bests in the triple jump indoors and outdoors and the long jump outdoors and Cymerman in the 5000 both indoors and outdoors and the 10,000, steeplechase and 1500 outdoors.