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Cowgirls third in RMAC outdoor meet

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By NMHU Sports Information

GOLDEN, Colo. — Michelle Traynham’s stadium record javelin throw of 41.75 meters helped New Mexico Highlands to a third-place finish in the 2013 RMAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships this week.

Adams State (178 points) and Western State Colorado (156.5) were the only teams ahead of NMHU in the women’s standings.

Traynham (41.75m) won the javelin, Danisha Phipps (39.2) took third place, and Kate Cryderman (37.65) came in fourth. Traynham’s winning throw was .29 meters farther than the previous facility record, set by NMHU’s Carissa Alexander in 2011.

Phipps and Destiny Dilworth were the big winners for Coach Bob DeVries’ Cowgirl team, finishing 1-2 in the heptathlon and qualifying for the NCAA Division II National Championships.

Although the heptathlon events were finished early on day two, both Phipps and Dilworth continued to compete and rack up points for the Cowgirls. The two combined for half of the Cowgirls’ 100 team points and Phipps contributed in the eight team points won by the 400 relay team’s second-place finish.

Besides winning the heptathlon, Phipps placed second in the open high jump, third in the javelin, seventh in the 100-meter hurdles, and helped Highlands to a second-place finish in the 400-meter relay.

Dilworth, the RMAC Freshman of the Year in the indoor track and field season, continued her outstanding showing at the RMAC championships with a third-place finish in the long jump (5.47 meters) and fourth in both the triple jump and open high jump.

Jereece Maxwell (15.0) finished third and Phipps (15.75) took seventh in the 100-meter hurdles. Despite hitting a hurdle during the race, Maxwell recovered to score a point with an eighth place in the 400-meter hurdles.

Sheneika Rochester’s time of 12.184 seconds was good for a fourth-place finish in the 100-meter dash and Deandra Nelson finished seventh in the 400 with a time of 58.75 seconds.

The 400-meter relay team of Nelson, Maxwell, Phipps, and Rochester raced to second place with a time of 46.98, just over seventh-tenths of a second slower than the first place team from Adams.

Nelson teamed with Danielle Vigil, Juanita Sanchez and Mariah Sanchez to finish eighth in the 1,600-meter relay.