ASU women finish third at nationals

BRADENTON, Florida – A 38-point surge on day three of the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships translated into a third place finish for the Adams State University women.

The ASU women concluded the championship meet with 43 total points.

The ASU men placed 16th overall with 14 points as the Grizzlies added to their point total on Saturday with All-American performances in the shot put and 5000m run.

"Proud of the heart both teams displayed during the three days of competition," Head Coach Rock Light said after the meet. "Obviously we are proud of our women finishing third as a team. Proud of our seniors. Although our men did not have the meet results we prepared for we will leave this meet stronger and more together than ever. That is what this Grizzly team family does."

The ASU women registered team points on Saturday in the 100m dash, 200m dash, 1500m run, 400m hurdles, and 4x100m relay. The productive day was highlighted by a historic program feat as sprinter Dianna Johnson became the first student-athlete for the Adams State women to win an outdoor 100m dash title. Johnson won the event with a school record time of 11.40. Johnson added a sixth place time of 23.95 in the 200m dash final to conclude her individual event slate. Her performance in both events garnered All-American status.

Fellow sprinter Sunayna Wahi also earned All-American honors in the 100m and 200m dash finals. Her best finish came in the 200m with a runner-up finish at 23.57. She added a fourth place finish in the 100m at 11.69. Wahi wrapped up her stellar collegiate career at the championships with All-American honors in the 100m dash, 200m dash, and as a member of the 4x100m relay team. During the outdoor season she recorded collegiate-best marks in the 100m (11.42) and 200m (23.57).

In the 400m hurdles final, Jessica Scherrer wrapped up her ASU career by placing third en route to an All-American nod. Scherrer crossed the finish line in 59.00. In the event's prelim on Thursday, Scherrer recorded a collegiate-best time of 58.47.

Although she was not active on Saturday, fellow ASU senior Aden Alemu ended her ASU career with a podium finish in the 10,000m run with a time of 35:33.34.

Scherrer, Wahi, Johnson and Oweneika Watson competed in the 4x100m relay which resulted in a fourth place finish at 45.32.

The ASU women's final podium finish on Saturday came from Roisin Flanagan in the 1500m final as she took eighth at 4:25.17.

In the women's 5000m final Malena Grover (17:24.07), Jenna Thurman (17:24.59), and Sadie Baker (17:27.17) placed 21st, 22nd, and 23rd place, respectively.

In the men's 5000m final Sydney Gidabuday notched points for ASU by taking third overall in 14:13.61 to earn an All-American nod. Joshua Joseph (14:43.69) and Chandler Reid (14:49.48) were also active in the 5000m field placing 16th and 17th place, respectively. Meanwhile, Sam Reid placed seventh in the men's shot put with his best throw of 17.25m to be named an All-American.

On Saturday the ASU men were also represented in the 1500m final by Austin Anaya who placed 9th with a time of 3:53.39.

St. Augustine's claimed the men's team title with a total of 58 points as West Texas A&M University won the women's team crown with 64 points.