Galligan Earns NCAA All-America Award; Mangold Qualifies Third In 400 Hurdles
LA CROSSE, Wisc. -- Washington & Jefferson College sophomore Kristen Galligan (Frederick, Md./Governor Thomas Johnson) placed fifth in the 10,000 meters at the NCAA Division III Track & Field Championships Thursday night to earn the second All-America award of her career and lead a school-record four Presidents in action at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse's Roger Harring Stadium.
Galligan, who became W&J's first NCAA cross country All-American during the fall season, raced to a time of 35:56.72, only 11 seconds behind the national championship winning time of 35:45.08 posted by Calvin's Nicole Michmerhuizen. Wisconsin-Whitewater's Alyssa Duncan was second at 35:51.23, while MIT's Elaine McVay (35:53.33), Chicago's Julia Sizek (35:54.67) and Galligan rounded out the top five. The top eight finishers in the 22-runner field earn All-America status.
Galligan is the third woman in W&J history to earn a NCAA Outdoor Track & Field All-America award, joining Jaimee Heffner '99 (javelin) and Michelle Wuenstel '11 (400 meters).
Galligan, who placed second among six sophomores in the race, will have another opportunity to race for a national title on Saturday night when she competes in the 5,000 meters.
Junior Cheyenne Mangold (Boerne, Texas/Texas Military Institute) continued her rise to national prominence by winning her heat in the 400-meter hurdle preliminaries with a time of 1:01.23. The winners of the three heats and the next six best times advance to Saturday night's finale.
Mangold won her heat by 0.26 seconds, edging Geneseo State's Allison Hoh, who also qualified for the finals. The 2013 Presidents' Athletic Conference MVP's time was third overall, behind only the two other heat winners, Montclair State's Heather Gearity (1:00.30) and Wartburg's Tashina McAllister (1:00.45).
The Presidents also had two male student-athletes competing. Senior Scott Ryan (Williamsville, N.Y./Williamsville East) placed 17th in the 10,000 meters (31:21.11), the final race of his record-breaking career. Wisconsin Eau Claire's Aaron Easker was the national champion after racing to a time of 29:48.25.
Ryan made three NCAA championship appearances, including becoming the first W&J male runner to compete at the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships (2011, 2012). He won three PAC 10,000-meter championships during his career.
Senior Jared Jones (Glenshaw, Pa./Shaler) also closed out his career during his first national championship meet. Jones posted the 16th-fastest time in the 200 meters (21.90 seconds) and missed out on qualifying for Saturday's finals by a mere 0.34 seconds. The top time of the evening was produced by Oneonta State's Sean Bernstein (20.87 seconds).
Mangold will be the only President competing on Friday night at the national championships as she competes in the preliminary heats of the 400 meters.
W&J is led by Head Coach Shawn Marek, who has coached 11 national qualifiers and two All-Americans in his first two seasons.