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William Woods athletes set records at NAIA Championships

By Jeremy Jacob

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Some William Woods Owls track and field athletes etched their names in the program record book Wednesday following events held during the NAIA National Outdoor Championships at Mickey Miller Blackwell Stadium in Gulf Shores, Ala.

Ellie Dimond set a new personal record and a William Woods record in the 3,000-meter steeple chase, with a time of 11:18.76, ending the day in 12th place. She will compete in the finals at 2 p.m. Friday.

Quentin Webert set a personal record of his own with his 55.71-meter hammer throw, good enough for second in the William Woods record books and 11th place in the competition.

Natalie Thomas rounded out the day for the Owls with a 16th-place finish in the javelin, with a throw of 35.99 meters.

Katie French is set to compete in the shot put at 2:30 p.m. today.

Zrodowska makes cut at NAIA Championships

After two rounds, the William Woods University women’s golf team has missed the cut and is out of championship contention at the 26th annual NAIA Women’s Golf National Championships at Rose Creek Golf Course in Oklahoma City, Okla.

The Owls finished the second day in 27th place — a day after being tied for 22nd place — and not within the chosen 17 teams.

Maria Zrodowska ended the second day in a seven-way tie for 37th place — the only William Woods golfer to make the cut of 40 individuals to compete for the individual championship starting with round three today.

Zrodowska added four strokes to her score for day two, shooting a six-over-par after a day-one score of two-over-par. Her first day included four bogeys and a double bogey along with four birdies. Her second day began with a bogey and a birdie on the first two holes and then had five pars and two bogeys on the front nine. She shot seven pars but also had a bogey and a triple bogey on hole 16 on the back nine.

Zrodowska’s two-day score is 152. This is her second national championships appearance — finishing tied for fifth overall after shooting 290 through four rounds and earned an All-American selection.

The Owls’ next highest finisher was Krystal Burgtorf, in a four-way tie for 127th place. Burgtorf concluded the first day in a 14-way tie for 80th place, with a score of 80, after having two bogeys and a double bogey within the first four holes and then had five bogeys on the front nine.

Burgtorf began her second day with a birdie but then sank a par and triple bogey. She then had six bogeys, three double bogeys, five pars and a birdie. Burgtorf had a 13-over-par on day two, adding to a two-round score of 165 in her second national appearance.

Paige Hawkins fell 28 places to a three-way tie for 136 place after a 14-over-par in round two. Hawkins’ first day started with a birdie and double bogey and then consisted of nine bogeys and eight pars. Her second day involved nine pars, nine bogeys, and a triple and double bogey. In her second national championships appearance, Hawkins added five strokes to her score for round two for a two-day score of 167.

Victoria Hooker is right behind Hawkins in the standings in a four-way tie for 139th place, a day after sitting in the same spot on the leaderboard. Hooker took two strokes off her day-one score of 85, when she began the round with a triple bogey and then sunk nine pars, six bogeys and two double bogeys. On her second day, she had a birdie on hole two before collecting six bogeys, six pars and three double bogeys. She had a round-two score of 83, adding up to a two-day score of 168.

Jennah Schell took a stroke off her day-one score but dropped four spots to a four-way tie for 143rd place after day two. Her day one began with her going seven-over-par after the first five holes and ended with a five-over-par on the front nine. Schell’s second day ranged from a birdie to a double bogey, with some pars and bogeys sprinkled in. Schell shot a 13-over par on round one and a 12-over-par on round two to post a two-day score of 169.

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