Colby's Stokes Cerkvenik Claims National Title on Final Day of NCAAs

Colby's Stokes Cerkvenik Claims National Title on Final Day of NCAAs

LA CROSSE, Wis. - Colby College junior Sophie Stokes Cerkvenik’s win in the women’s 100-meter Hurdles highlighted the final day of performances by NESCAC athletes at the 2018 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships at the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse. 

Stokes Cerkvenik posted a time of 14.06, breaking her own Colby school record, to win the 100-meter hurdles. She had the top preliminary time of 14.50 on Friday, after going into the NCAA meet as the 11th seed.

Stokes Cerkvenik, who is just the third Colby women’s athlete to win a national title, was one of 10 NESCAC athletes to earn All-America honors on Saturday. In the 3,000-meter Steeplechase, Connecticut College junior Scott Mason placed fifth with a time of 9:14.86 in the men’s race and Williams senor Victoria Kingham was sixth in the women’s race with a time of 10:32.25. Both runners earned All-America accolades.

A pair of Ephs competed in the finals of the 1,500-meters. Sophomore Tristian Colaizzi finished eighth with a time of 3:55.79 to earn All-America honors in the men’s race, while first-year Brianna Barnes placed 10th in the women’s race, crossing the finish line in a time of 4:35.19. Williams junior Kennedy Green added an eighth place finish and time of 12.34 in the women’s 100-meters to add another All-American honor to the Ephs’ collection.

In the men’s 800-meter race, sophomores Nathan Hill of Middlebury and Kevin LaFleche of Williams earned All-America honors. Hill was third overall with a time of 1:50.87, while LaFleche clocked in at a time of 1:54.80. Amherst senior Danielle Griffin placed fifth in the women’s 800-meter race, posting a time of 2:10.30 to earn All-America honors.

In the women’s 400-meter Hurdles, Williams junior Kate Kennedy was the national runner-up. She was one of two competitors to record a time under one minute, clocking in at 59.88 seconds. Lilah Drafts-Johnson of Oberlin, won the race with a time of 59.34. Bowdoin junior Sara Ory added an eighth place finish and time of 1:01.30 in the race and both runners earned All-America accolades.

Amherst junior Cosmo Brossy led the NESCAC contingent in the men’s 5,000-meter race. He finished 10th with a time of 15:04.44 and was followed by Connecticut College sophomore Danny Aschale in 13th place (15:16.63) and Williams senior Griffin Colaizzi in 15th place (15:22.74). In the women’s race, Tufts senior Brittany Bowman finished 17th with a time of 18:16.46.

In the field events, seniors Adedire Fakorede of Bates and John Pietro of Bowdoin finished 16th and 17th, respectively. Fakorede posted a mark of 54.19 meters, while Pietro recorded a throw of 53.92 meters.

In the final event of the championships, the Williams 4x400 relay team of senior Kayley McGonagle, junior Kate Kennedy, first-year Davis Collison and sophomore Megan Powell placed fourth. The squad posted a time of 3:48.03 to earn All-America honors.

George Fox and UMass Boston tied for the women’s title with 44 points each and were deemed co-champions, while Mount Union captured the men’s championship with 36 points. Williams led the NESCAC teams on the leaderboard, the Eph women finished sixth, while the men were 10th.