Posted by Chris Megginson - Sat, May. 5, 2012 - [Women's Outdoor Track & Field]
JOLIET, Ill. -- Campbellsville University's women's track and field program doubled its number of national champions Saturday, as Nathelie Zetrenne and Tiosha Beasley claimed titles in the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Judson University's Memorial Field.
The wins, coupled with national titles Friday by Tiana Benjamin and Beasley, give the program four individual national titles in one season - a record for CU athletics. The program's four titles are the most by any program at CU, which now has 14 national championships overall.
"We came here with eight girls and left with four national championships, one runner-up and seven ended up being All-American by either relays or individual events," said Joe Stockton, CU track coach.
Zetrenne, a junior from Louisville, claimed the 100-meter hurdles title in 14.68 seconds, good enough for an NAIA "A" standard time and a school record. It is her fourth-straight race to run the event under 15 seconds.
Beasley, who won the triple jump title late Friday afternoon, took the long jump crown with a leap of 18 feet, 2.5 inches. She won the triple jump title Friday with a mark of 37 feet, 8.5 inches. She is the first women's track athlete to sweep both jump events in an NCCAA Championship meet since 2009.
The first women's track and field athlete to claim a national title in Campbellsville University's athletic history was sophomore Tiana Benjamin of Ft. Knox, Ky. Benjamin started the day Friday by collecting a school record 3,901 points in the heptathlon to claim the Lady Tigers' first team points of the meet. Later in the afternoon, she competed in her final event of the weekend, winning the javelin national championship with a record-breaking throw of 39.60 meters.
Campbellsville finished the meet in fifth-place among 18 teams with 77 points. Forty of those points came from national champions, 16 from a pair of runner-up finishes and 12 from two third-place finishes.
Myra Rose of Louisville finished runner-up in the high jump Friday with a program record of 5 feet, 3 inches. The 4x100 relay team also placed second on Saturday in a time of 49.37 seconds behind Greenville College (48.63). The Lady Tigers had third-place finishes by its 4x400-meter relay team (4:03.39) and also Lauren Little with a school record of 26.04 seconds in the 200-meter dash.
Little also helped her team earn points with a sixth-place finish in the 400-meter dash, posting a time of 1:02.59. Sarah Johnson also competed Saturday for CU, finishing 10th in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 12:12.72.
"You can't tell unless you're at the meet to see it in person, but Lauren ran extremly smart and hard today," said Stockton. "She came from behind to finish as an All-American in the 200 and helped the 4x400 finish third also."
Members of the 4x100 relay team were Zetrenne, Beasley, Little and JaNiqua Horne. Members of the 4x400 relay team were Starsha Fant, Zetrenne, Rose and Little.
Benjamin, Beasley and Zetrenne each have qualified in their championship events for the NAIA Outroor Track & Field Championships, which will be May 24-26 at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Ind.