Mangold Produces Two Top-Five Finishes During Historic Day At NCAA Championships
LA CROSSE, Wisc. -- Washington & Jefferson College junior Cheyenne Mangold (Boerne, Texas/Texas Military Institute) recorded top-five finishes in the 400-meter dash and the 400-meter hurdles to cap one of the most historic athletic single days in school history on Saturday at the 2013 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships hosted by the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse at Roger Harring Stadium.
Mangold, who competed in the events just an hour apart, placed third in the 400-meter hurdles with a school-record time of 1:00.18. The third-place showing was the best finish by a W&J student-athlete at the outdoor national championships since W&J Athletic Hall of Famer Jaimee Heffner ’99 won the 1997 national javelin title.
Heather Gearity of Montclair State won the 400-meter title at 59.31 seconds, while Wartburg’s Tashina McAllister was second (59.65).
Before competing in the hurdle event, the now two-time NCAA All-American Mangold took fifth place in the 400 meters with the second-fastest time in school history (55.75 seconds). Ashante Little of Wheaton (Mass.), also a junior, claimed the national championship at 54.79 seconds.
Coupled with sophomore Kristen Galligan’s (Frederick, Md./Gov. Thomas Johnson) fifth-place finish in the 10,000 meters on Thursday, Washington & Jefferson tied for 18th place in the team standings with 14 points which marks the top team showing in school history. W&J, led by second-year Head Coach Shawn Marek, also had a school-record three All-Americans and four student-athletes overall compete on the national stage.
Galligan was also in action Saturday night and claimed 13th place in the 22-runner, 5,000-meter field. She notched a time of 17:12.45, only 40 seconds behind the championship time of 16:31.17 paced by Wisconsin-Oshkosh’s Christy Cazzola.
Galligan capped a record year at W&J in which she became the first cross country runner in school history to earn All-America laurels during the fall. She competed at the NCAA Division III Championships in three different sports this academic year (cross country, indoor track & field, outdoor track & field) and did not finish below 13th place in any of the four national races.
Mangold is the fourth W&J woman to become an All-American in track & field and just the second two-time award winner. Heffner earned three All-America awards in javelin from 1997-99. Heffner won the javelin national title as a sophomore in 1997 and remains as W&J’s lone NCAA track & field national champion.