Stokes Cerkvenik's national title not common in NESCAC outdoor track

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.