Four Terror athletes competing for titles

May 26, 1994|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Sun Staff Writer

Four Western Maryland track and field athletes are competing at the NCAA Division III men's and women's track and field championships this week at North Central College in Naperville, Ill.

The championships began yesterday and will continue through Saturday.

Junior Kent Lightbourn leads the Green Terror, having qualified in two events, the 400-meter -- and 400 hurdles. He is joined by junior Bill Tyrrell (110 hurdles) and sophomore Carl Von Tobel (javelin).

Sophomore Julie Cox (Liberty) is making her second straight appearance as the women's lone representative. She's competing in the 100 hurdles.

Lightbourn also is making his second trip to the Division III meet. In 1992, he earned Division III All-America status by placing third in the 400 in a school-record time of 47.61 seconds.

The Male Performer of the Meet at the Centennial Conference championship after winning both events at 400 meters, he earned a spot in both races because there were not enough automatic qualifiers to meet the minimum field size approved by the NCAA Executive Committee.

His best efforts of the season were 48.33 seconds in the -- as he won the event at the Centennial Conference championship May 8, and 53.71 in the hurdles while winning the race at the Western Maryland Invitational April 23.

His trials for the 400 hurdles were yesterday with the finals slated for 7:10 p.m. tomorrow. Trials for the 400 -- are this afternoon at 5:15 with the finals set for 2 p.m. Saturday.

Cox joins Lightbourn as a returning Division III All-America performer. Last year, she was the first Western Maryland female qualifier in the 12-year history of the Division III championship, taking sixth place in the 100 hurdles at 14.68 seconds after setting a school record of 14.67 in the trials.

Cox was the Female Performer of the Meet at the Centennial indoor and outdoor championships in 1994.

At the outdoor meet, she led the Green Terror to a share of the team title with Gettysburg by winning the 100 and 400 hurdles, placing second in the 100 and shot put, finishing third in the long jump, and coming in fifth in the triple jump. Her trial run for the 100 hurdles is at 3 p.m. today with the finals slated for 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

Von Tobel is competing at a national championship for the second time, but it's his first for Western Maryland. Last year at Bloomsburg (Pa.) University, he placed eighth in the javelin at the NCAA Division II meet with a throw of 194 feet, 5 inches. Von Tobel earned automatic qualifying status this season with a toss of 202-7 April 1 at the College of William & Mary's Colonial Relays, surpassing the standard of 200-1. The javelin trials are today at 4:30 p.m. with finals Saturday morning at 11.

Tyrrell qualified by hitting a provisional qualifying standard in his most recent race, the final at the CC championship. He won the event in 14.80, midway between the automatic qualifying mark of 14.71 and the provisional time of 14.90. His trials are set for 4 p.m today with finals set for 1:40 p.m. Saturday.

The four participants are the most Western Maryland has qualified for the Division III championships in a single season.

Softball

Junior Jenny Stewart has been selected to the GTE Academic All-America College Division District II softball team as a utility player.

Stewart is an art major with a 3.922 grade-point average.

On the field, she earned All-CC first-team honors at designated hitter as she set school single-season records for hits with 42 and total bases with 69. She batted .452 (42-of-93) with seven doubles, seven triples, two home runs and a .742 slugging percentage. She scored 30 runs, drove in 26 and compiled a 9-2 record on the mound.

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