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Finishing with a flourish

2015 Women’s Division II Indoor Track and Field

The University of Central Missouri Jennies know how to create some drama. They certainly did so in the Women’s Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships, gaining the lead with only one event remaining and capturing their first national title.

When Erika Kinsey started the rally by setting the school and championship meet record with a 6-2 ¾ winning effort in the high jump. Teammate Madison Smith then finished fourth in the event, and the resulting 15 points propelled the Jennies into the lead. They held on for a seven-point victory over Hillsdale College.

Kinsey turned in a phenomenal performance, winning the triple jump as well as the high jump, and finishing fourth in the long jump. She totaled 25 of her team’s 47 points in the meet and won three All-America awards.

“It was a special day, something I’ll remember for a long time,” said Central Missouri co-head coach Kip Janvrin. “It was crazy toward the end. I was hoping we’d have a chance to medal when all of a sudden Erika and Madison were jumping real well. … So in a matter of about five minutes, I went from hoping to finish with a medal to winning the whole thing.”