Mount Mercy News
Women's Track & Field - Mon, May. 2, 2011
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- Members of the Mount Mercy women's track & field team competed at three events over the weekend, counting another national championship qualifier and Midwest Collegiate Conference athlete of the week.

Senior Kelsey Hansen hit the NAIA's automatic qualifying mark in the hammer throw at the Viking Classic on Friday in Des Moines. She won the event with a toss of 167'-4" and also broke her own school record. Hansen owns the top 10 throws in school history, and six of them have come this spring.

Jenna Higgins was named the MCC Women's Field Athlete of the Week for the fourth time on Monday. The sophomore was seventh in the javelin at the Drake Relays on Friday with the fifth-best throw in school history (145'-2"). It was the first time in four meets that Higgins didn't win the javelin. She still has the best distance in the MCC this spring and ranks third in the NAIA in the event.

Four Mustang relay teams competed at Drake as well. The 4x100 meter relay squad of sophomore Larissa Wilden, Higgins, junior Cortni Kooi and senior Janae Rosien finished 13th out of 34 teams in :49.04. That time was also good for seventh on Mount Mercy's all-time chart.

Junior Kara Danielsen, Higgins, junior Jacqueline Kane and senior Beth Ripperger were 15th of 21 in the distance medley relay, but the Mustangs shattered the school record with a time of 12:39.00. Kane, Kooi, Rosien and Wilden teamed up in the 4x200 meter relay, placing 23rd in 1:48.41, which ranks fifth all-time.

Ripperger, senior Kori Yotter, Kane and sophomore Shelby Daisy raced to an eighth-place finish in the 4x800 meter relay. their time of 9:29.16 bettered the previous school record by more than seven seconds.