Women's Outdoor Track & Field

Lawson nabs pair of bronze medals

Claire Lawson (c) 2014 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Claire Lawson (c) 2014 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

SWARTHMORE, Pa. – Claire Lawson (McMinnville, Ore./McMinnville) earned a pair of bronze medals and set a pair of program records, leading McDaniel at the 2014 Centennial Conference (CC) women's outdoor track and field championship at Swarthmore on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

As a team, the Green Terror finished ninth with 28 points. Johns Hopkins won its fifth straight title with 225.5 points.

Individually, Lawson finished third in the 400 hurdles, breaking her own program record with a time of 1:04.99. In the preliminaries, Jasmine McCormick (Antioch, Calif./Holy Name) recorded the second-best time in the field and in program history with a time of 1:05.17 while Lawson was fourth (1:06.58). Lawson improved her time to earn a medal while McCormick finished sixth in a time of 1:07.96. Both also improved on their ECAC-qualifying times.

The duo was part of the 4x400 relay that also earned a bronze medal. McCormick and Lawson joined Lechi Nwanegwo and Chloe Allen-Gorman (Portland, Ore./Lincoln) to turn in an ECAC-qualifying time of 4:03.76 and record the seventh-best time in program history.

Allen-Gorman and Lawson also teamed as half of the 4x800 relay that turned in a program-record time of 9:49.82 to finish sixth. Becky Kaler (Jefferson, Md./Brunwick) and Emily Gross (Red Lion, Pa./Red Lion) joined the duo to improve on their ECAC-qualifying time.

McCormick added a top-10 all-time performance in the 100 hurdles final, finishing fourth with a time of 15.67 seconds. Her qualifying time of 15.58 seconds ranks fourth all-time and was fourth in Saturday's action, qualifying her for ECAC in the high hurdles as well.

Lawson added a 10th-place showing in the event with a time of 17.10.

Allen-Gorman finished 17th in the 1,500 and now ranks fourth on the program's all-time list with her time of 4:54.84. Kaler was 26th in the event, just missing the all-time top-10 with her time of 5:02.59.

Nwanegwo, Lawson and McCormick joined Taylor Stillings (Eldersburg, Md./Liberty) to finish fifth in the 4x100 relay with a time of 51.13 seconds.

Danielle Fatzinger (North Catasauqua, Pa./Catasauqua) rounded out the top-eight finishers for the Green Terror, leading the way on the field side with an eighth-place showing in the pole vault. She cleared 2.30 meters.

She was also 15th in the discus (26.94) and 18th in the javelin (19.35).

Nwanegwo rounded out the individual competitors, finishing 13th in the long jump (4.63 meters) and 100 (13.24 seconds) and 18th in the 200 (27.65).

The Green Terror returns to action at the ECAC Championship hosted by Rensselaer on May 15-16.

Team Scores: 1. Johns Hopkins 225.5, 2. Dickinson 126.5, 3. Swarthmore 104, 4. Ursinus 76, 5. Gettysburg 67.5, 6. Muhlenberg 65, 7. Haverford 57.5, 8. Franklin & Marshall 41, 9. McDaniel 28, 10. Bryn Mawr 25.

McDaniel Results: 100: 13. Lechi Nwanegwo 13.24; 200: 18. Nwanegwo 27.65; 1,500: 17. Chloe Allen-Gorman 4:54.84, 26. Kaler 5:02.59; 100 Hurdles Prelims: 4q. Jasmine McCormick 15.58^, 10. Claire Lawson 17.10; 100 Hurdles Finals: 4. McCormick 15.67^; 400 Hurdles Prelims: 2Q. McCormick 1:05.17^, 4q. Lawson 1:06.58; 400 Hurdles Finals: 3. Lawson 1:04.99%^, 6. McCormick 1:07.96; 4x100 Relay: 5. Taylor Stillings, Nwanegwo, Lawson, McCormick 51.13; 4x400 Relay: 3. McCormick, Nwangwo, Lawson, Allen-Gorman 4:03.76^; 4x800 Relay: 6. Allen-Gorman, Kaler, Lawson, Emily Gross 9:49.82%^; Pole Vault: 8J. Danielle Fatzinger 2.30m (7-6 ½); Long Jump: 13. Nwanegwo 4.63m (15-2 ¼); Discus: 15. Fatzinger 26.94m (88-5); Javelin: 18. Fatzinger 19.35m (63-6).

^ ECAC qualifying time; % program record