WATERVILLE, Maine -- Colby College's Sophie Stokes Cerkvenik was the lone female winner of a national outdoor track and field title for the New England Small College Athletic Conference after capturing the championship in the 100-meter hurdles Saturday.
How hard is it to win a national title in outdoor track and field? In the past 11 years there have been only 11 female individual winners from the NESCAC. Stokes Cerkvenik is just one of two females to win a title over the past four years.
"There are so many factors that come into play," Colby head coach Dave Cusano said. "What is the mind-set of every student-athlete coming in, do you have some who have already checked out? Some may have just come off a tough week of exams, other schools have been done for two or three weeks."
Stokes Cerkvenik had no problems handling the pressure of the national meet. In fact, her success was amazing after coming into the weekend as the 11th seed in the 100 hurdles. Stokes Cerkvenik had the top preliminary time (14.50) on Friday and then came back the next day with a 14.06 to win the national title.
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May 18, 2018 Colby has 11 on NESCAC Spring All-Sportsmanship Team
April 21, 2018 Berzansky wins high jump event for Mules at Aloha Relays
April 14, 2018 Stokes Cerkvenik, relay teams win at Southern New Hampshire
March 31, 2018 Women's track and field finishes in fifth at Emory Classic
March 9, 2018 Stokes Cerkvenik, Lawlor compete at Friday's NCAA meet
March 5, 2018 Stokes Cerkvenik, Lawlor heading to NCAA meet
March 3, 2018 Friedland, relay team lead women's indoor track
February 26, 2018 Stokes Cerkvenik, Depalo lead Mules at last chance meet
February 24, 2018 Berube, O'Hara lead women's track at USM
February 17, 2018 Rembetsy-Brown sixth in long jump, nearly breaks school record
February 11, 2018 Stokes Cerkvenik breaks school record in indoor 60 hurdles
February 2, 2018 Friedland blows away the field in winning 60 dash at state meet
January 28, 2018 Women's track and field has five individual wins at Wheaton
January 20, 2018 Women's track and field has six victories at Bates meet
January 13, 2018 Friedland wins 60 dash for Colby in tri-meet
December 10, 2017 Giles, Bigay win races for women's indoor track and field at USM