The women’s track and field team ended the 2015 outdoor season on a very high note at the NCAA Division III Outdoor National Championships May 21-23, turning in a sixth-place finish with 28 points. Each competing member of the squad achieved All-America honors in the meet at St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY.
The Cardinals claimed All-America honors in three events on the final day of competition, as the 4-by-100-meter relay team of Madison Renfro ’16, Miranda Rorer ’15, Brittny Olson ’15 and Sade Gant ’16 finished fourth. Renfro went on to place second in the 100-meter hurdles and Ebony Stallworth ’15 came in sixth in the shot put.
Each of the eight North Central athletes who qualified for the meet traveled home with hardware. Top finishers included a third-place showing from Megan Costanzo ’16 in the 10,000-meter run, a fourth-place effort in the hammer throw from Lina Baker ’15 and an eighth-place finish from Elizabeth Composto ’15 in the pole vault earlier in the competition. “It’s so exciting,” Rorer said. “I’m so happy to see everybody do so well. It’s great to come here as a team and as a family and have everyone succeed.”
Renfro broke her own school record in the hurdles to become an All-American in the event for the second straight year. Stallworth is a three-time outdoor All-American in the shot put, the first in the program’s history, while Baker’s two All-America awards in the hammer throw are the first ever for the North Central women’s team.
The Cardinals’ team finish is the second-best in the program’s history, topped only by the 1997 team that placed third overall with 37 points.
Earlier in May, the team turned in a second-place finish in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin (CCIW) Outdoor Championships, buoyed by seven individual first-place finishes that included two school records.