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Kretlow third at T&F nationals; Adamson moves to finals

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Senior Grace Bordson just missed the awards stand as she placed ninth in the high jump Friday at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Geneva, Ohio.

A two-time All-America in her career, Bordson cleared 5-5 3-4 in her final college competition.

One Tommie woman competes Saturday: senior Mallory Adamson in the 400 hurdles. She qualified fifth in the prelims for the nine-runner finals race.

On the men's side, Tommie senior David Danhauer placed eighth in the shot put to receive All-America honors Friday at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Geneva, Ohio.

Danhauer threw 53-9 for eighth place and scored one team point. Junior Gage O'Brien threw 52-2 3-4 and placed 11th.

On Saturday, senior Eric Holst is seeded third in the hammer throw, an event he won at outdoor nationals last season.

It's a rare two-sport All-America season accomplishment for Danhauer. The Barrington, Ill., was named third-team All-America in football last fall as a defensive lineman for the 8-2 Tommies, who were ranked in the top 15 nationally all season.


Thursday story

Junior Steph Kretlow claimed her first All-America honor as she took third place out of 22 athletes in Thursday afternoon's long jump at the NCAA Division III Track and Field Championships in Geneva, Ohio.

Kretlow leaped a career-best 19-8 1-4 -- an even 6.00 meters -- on a warm and windy Thursday. Last March in her first NCAA meet indoors, Kretlow placed ninth but missed the awards podium and All-America status by one spot.

Kretlow's best was not far off the 19-10 3-4 school-record jump of 2004 NCAA champion Kristal Grigsby, who was NCAA champ as a Tommie sophomore. The jump surpassed St. Thomas' other NCAA champs in this event in Andretta Colley in 2005 (19-5 1-4) an Grigsby in 2006 (19-0 3-4).

Tommie senior Mallory Adamson qualified with the fifth-best prelim time out of 22 athletes in the 400 hurdles. Her prelim time of 62.19 puts her in Saturday's nine-person finals.

St. Thomas senior All-America Grace Bordson will compete Friday morning in the high jump finals.



Men's Competitors

On the men's side, senior All-America Eric Holst placed 16th of 22 in the discus in 148-9. Holst is the defending champion in Saturday afternoon's hammer throw.

Senior David Danhauer and junior Gage O'Brien will compete Friday morning in the shot put.