Farrough takes national title, women’s track finishes 4th in nation

Photo provided by Matt Brendich Junior Amanda Farrough’s work on her mental game resulted in a National Title.

Photo provided by Matt Brendich
Junior Amanda Farrough’s work on her mental game resulted in a National Title.

David Ridderhoff, Sports Editor

Junior Amanda Farrough has been a star performer for both the Lewis University track and field and cross country teams since her freshman year.

 
Her hard work and dedication have now paid off as she is the National Champion in the 5k.

 
“The biggest thing with her is confidence,” said head coach Dana Schwarting. “She’s been capable of this for two years now, but distance running is mostly mental.”

 
The women were outside of the Top 10 before the final few events, when the Flyers’ best event, the triple jump, occurred. In that event, freshman Cierra Pulliam set a school record and senior Amber Cook joined Pulliam in not only becoming All-Americans, but gaining much needed points for the Flyers.

 
“The 4×400 was the only event left, and we were 11th place before that event,” said Schwarting. “So that was really pressure packed, and they all got their best jumps on their last attempt.”

 
Another All-American finish came from senior Chantel Stennis, who earned her sixth All-American award in her career.

 
“On the women’s track side, she’s right up there [on the list of competitors],” said Schwarting. “Her being consistent, she’s one of the highest caliber athletes we’ve had here at Lewis.”

 
The men’s team finished 11th in the nation, and was led by a gutsy performance by former national champion, senior Isaac Jean-Paul, who took fourth place despite a serious foot injury suffered just weeks before.

 
“Isaac hurt his heel really bad a week before conference, with really bad bruising from long jumping,” said Schwarting. “He missed his first two jumps, and we decided to actually move the pole up for his last jump. He hit that to get into fourth.”

 
The men also got a fourth place finish from junior transfer Sergio Miranda, who earned his first All-American honor as a Flyer.

 
Moving forward, the Flyers now prepare for the biggest two events in their season, and Schwarting is looking to move them around in a way that gives his team the best chance at making the NCAA Championships in the outdoor season.

 
“We don’t get the same opportunities [weather-wise] as these teams,” said Schwarting. “For us, we have to make a big impact at these events, otherwise we might not qualify for Nationals outdoors.”

David Ridderhoff is a junior Radio/TV broadcast major. He is the sports editor for The Flyer. He is also the general manager of Lewis’ radio station, WLRA. As an avid sports fan, he also collects hats and jerseys from a variety of sports teams.

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