UMU Women Place Third at NCAA Championships

May 29, 2012

CLAREMONT, Calif. -- Mount Union's women's track and field team posted its best finish in school history as the Purple Raiders finished third in the nation at the 2012 NCAA Championships at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges in Claremont, California.

Mount Union tallied 34 points which was five ahead of fourth place Methodist (N.C.) and 18 points behind second place Wisconsin-Oshkosh (52 pts.).  Wartburg (Iowa) crushed the field and won the national title with 129 points.

Junior Mary Mahoney (Ashtabula/St. John-St. Paul) earned All-American honors in three events and headlined the day by winning the national title in the 200 meters.

Mahoney had the second-best time after preliminaries and held off the field in the final meters as she posted a time of 24.26 to give the Raiders their first national title in an individual running event since 1994.

Mahoney also got on the podium and earned All-American honors with a third place in the 400 meters with a school-record time of 54.59.  It was the second year in a row she finished third in the event and was second in the event at the NCAA Indoor Championships earlier this year.

She finished off the night with an impressive run in the final leg of the 4x400 relay as along with her teammates in junior Daryn Herman (Fairview Park/Fairview), sophomore Emily Mazzaferri (Canton/GlenOak) and freshmanCourtney Reese (Cleveland/Cornerstone Christian) posted a time of 3:47.80 to finish fourth and earn All-American honors.

Sophomore Taylor Kring (Salem/West Brach) also got on the podium as she finished eighth and earned All-American honors in the 100 hurdles (14.43).

On Thursday, senior Aubree Jones (Falconer, N.Y./Falconer) won the title in the discus with a school-record throw of 153-10 to win the national title.  Jones, a All-American in the javelin a year ago, was not alone on the medal platform as her twin sister Anna Jones also had a career-best throw of 144-6 to finish seventh and earn All-American honors.

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