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Graham All-American again

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Cowgirls finish 14th in nationals

By Dave Kavanaugh

Angella Graham now has one All-American performance for each of her 10 fingers.

The New Mexico Highlands University senior finished her collegiate career by placing among the top 10 in three events in the NCAA Division II indoor track and field championship meet. The meet was hosted Friday and Saturday at the Albuquerque Convention Center.

The individual effort by Graham helped stake NMHU to a 14th place team finish, one spot higher than a preseason poll predicted. It’s another high-water mark for the Cowgirls and head coach Bob DeVries, who said he was proud of Graham and pleased with how his team fared.

Graham’s best finish was a third place in the triple jump. She cleared 12.55 meters (or 41 feet, 2 1/4 inches), trailing the meet record 13.4 set by this year’s champ, Nkeiruka Domike of Nebraska-Omaha. Graham breezed into the finals with her preliminary mark before scratching thrice in the finals.

Graham took fourth place in the indoor pentathlon with 3,641 points. Another meet record won the event, as Central Missouri’s Lindsay Lettow racked up 4,064 points.

The indoor pentathlon includes an 800-meter run, 60-meter hurdles, high jump, long jump and shot put. Graham was third among the pentathletes in the hurdles, fourth in both the long jump and shot put, fifth in the high jump and 12th in the 800.

Graham was eighth in the long jump with a distance of 5.69 meters, equivalent to 18 feet, 8 inches. That was behind 5.95 meters, the winning mark of New Haven’s Shannon Gagne, and Graham’s own qualifying effort of 5.85 meters, the fourth best on entry.

Her three All-American finishes gives the Tralawney, Jamaica, native a career total of 10 in both indoor and outdoor track competing for the Cowgirls.

Grand Valley State (Mich.) won the women’s team title.