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Central Missouri holds on for outdoor win

2015 Division II Women’s Outdoor Track and Field

The University of Central Missouri Jennies have grown familiar with nail-biting finishes, especially when the stakes are high.

During March’s Division II indoor championships, the women’s track and field team trailed nearly the entire meet, only gaining the lead with one event remaining. The late surge was enough for the Jennies to eke out the program’s first NCAA indoor victory.

Two months later, the Central Missouri women took a drastically different route to a just-as-sweet ending.

Throughout the season the team put an emphasis on field events, an area where they have had ongoing success. For eight weeks leading up to the outdoor championships, the Jennies held the No. 1 spot in the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association rankings, and when the three-day national championship kicked off May 21 in Allendale, Michigan, they jumped – quite literally – to the front of the competition.

Led by individual champions Brittany Kallenberger (pole vault), Erika Kinsey (high jump) and Heavin Warner (hammer throw) Central Missouri entered the third and final day of the championship with 51 points and a 27-point lead. But conference rival Lincoln University (Missouri) sprinted its way into the running, earning all 50 of its points on the last day.

Heading into the final event – the 4x400 meter relay – Lincoln was within reach of the title. However, Lincoln’s relay team was disqualified during the race, which secured Central Missouri’s first outdoor championship in program history.

“We knew we needed to make hay in the field events and get a big lead and hang on,” coach Kip Janvrin said. “Fortunately, we won.” 

The Results
2015 Division II Women’s Outdoor Track and Field

1st: Central Mo., 59
2nd: Lincoln (MO), 50
3rd: N.M. Highlands, 42

Bri Leeper, West Tex. A&M

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