Senior Claims Fourth Straight Outdoor 400 Hurdles Title
TOWSON, Md. — Jaclyn Kellon (Cleveland Heights, Ohio/St. Peter Chanel) had two chances today at the 2013 Landmark Conference Women's Outdoor Track & Field Championships to become the first female athlete in the history of Goucher's women's track and field program to win five conference outdoor titles.
The senior's first opportunity came in the 400-meter dash, but she finished in third place behind Brielle Sutter and Corinne Glass, both from Moravian. Sutter's winning time was 57.98 seconds, which was only 3-hundredths of a second off the meet and Gopher Stadium records; Kellon was clocked at :59.44.
That left only the 400-meter hurdles, an event in which she was the three-time defending Landmark champion. And this time, nobody beat Kellon across the finish line. She broke the existing meet, conference, facility and school outdoor records with her winning time of 1:03.79.
Not only is she the first female runner from Goucher to win five outdoor conference titles, she is also the first to win four in the same event.
Four other athletes from other schools in the conference also succeeded today in winning a fourth straight title in the same event: Micah Leonard from Moravian in the triple jump, Angela Shaffer from Juniata in the high jump, Ken Schetroma from Susquehanna in the shot put and Justin Clapper from Juniata in the discus.
Goucher had four additional third-place performances today, adding six points to its team score each time. Kamillah Smith (Northampton, Mass./Amherst Regional) accounted for two of them by completing the 100-meter dash in 13.15 seconds and the 200-meter dash in 26.74 seconds. The other two were by Katherine Currier (Brooklyn, N.Y./LaGuardia) in the 5,000 meters (18:44.10) and in the 4 x 100-meter relay where the foursome of Kellon, Danielle Granger (Amherst, Va./Amherst County), Sara Aganovic (Pasadena, Md./McDonogh) and Smith turned in a time of 52.42 seconds.
Haley Augustson (Athens, W.Va./PikeView) earned five points for the Gophers by placing fourth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. She was clocked at 13:09.44.
Goucher's entry of Jewell Porter (Silver Spring, Md./John F. Kennedy). Granger, Stephanie Correa (Frederick, Md./Tuscarora) and Kellon completed the 4 x 400-meter relay in 4:30.22, good for sixth place.
The Gophers took seventh place in three events: Currier in the 1,500 meters (5:05.68), Aganovic in the triple jump (10.40 meters) and Maafio Appiah-Padi (Edmonton, Alberta/Lewisburg Area) in the discus (28.64 meters). Aganovic also placed eighth overall with an effort of 4.94 meters in the long jump.
The triple jump distance for Aganovic broke the program record.
The three points Goucher earned on the opening day of the meet allowed head coach John Caslin's squad to finish in fifth place ahead of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. The Gophers ended the competition with 55 points and the Mariners with 52.