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Spartans Look for Final Push to NCAA Championships, Compete at Swarthmore
SWARTHMORE, Pa. – Members of the York College men's and women's track & field squad competed at the Swarthmore Last Chance meet Monday at Swarthmore College, looking to hit marks for a possible bid into next week's NCAA National Outdoor Championships in Claremont, Calif.
Rookie Jasmine Smith, the 2012 Capital Athletic Conference champion in the long jump, broke her own school record in the event as she leapt 5.69 meters (18' 8"). That mark ties her for 18th overall in NCAA Division III this season as that distance could potentially get her into the National Championships.
Fellow Spartan women's track & field standout Laura Rowlands put together a quality performance in the triple jump. Finishing second, Rowlands posted an 11.40-meter (37' 5") distance. The sophomore currently ranks 20th overall and is another Spartan who could potentially find herself in California next week.
On the men's side, distance runner Tim Hartung ran to a new Capital Athletic Conference record in the 5,000 meters as he registered a tremendous 14:39.84. Having already posted a phenomenal sophomore campaign, Hartung had previously broken the conference mark in the event in early April with a 14:47.72 and was able to lower it yet again by over seven seconds. Hartung currently sits in the top-40 in Division III for the year and is slated to compete again on Thursday in an effort to reach the National Championships.
Freshman Wil Feliciano competed for the Green and White on Monday, running his signature 800 meters. Feliciano registered a 1:55.71 in the event.
The official list of the 2012 NCAA National Championships qualifiers is slated to be released on Sunday, May 20.
PHOTOS: Jasmine Smith competes in the long jump and Tim Hartung competes in a distance event at the CAC Championships. Courtesy of Tri-State Runnur -- http://www.tristaterunnur.com/ and http://tristaterunnur.smugmug.com/