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Stokes Cerkvenik first in 100 hurdle prelims, will race for national title

LA CROSSE, Wis. -- Colby College's Sophie Stokes Cerkvenik (Britt, Minn.) showed Friday that she is a national title contender after finishing with the top preliminary time among the 22 participants in the 100-meter hurdles at the NCAA Women's Track and Field Championships.

Stokes Cerkvenik finished in a time of 14.50 in winning heat two and easily had the best showing. Fitchburg State's Annie Woolley also ran in heat two and had a time of 14.57 for the second-best clocking. The other two heat winners both had 14.60.
 
"When I was at the start, all I was thinking about was to go out there and win my heat since the winner of each heat automatically qualifies and advances to the finals," Stokes Cerkvenik said. "My coach and I have been working hard all season, and it feels good to be advancing with today's results, but there's still more work to do tomorrow." 
 
Stokes Cerkvenik can run faster -- she had a 14.34 school record at MIT's last chance qualifier meet. She came into the event as the 11th seed with that 14.34. Stokes Cerkvenik will be the lone hurdler from the New England Small College Athletic Conference.
 
There will be nine competitors in Saturday's 2 p.m. championship final. The top eight finishers will earn All-American honors. The University of Wisconsin at La Crosse has a nine-lane track.
 
The meet is webcast at https://www.ncaa.com/
 
NCAA Division III 2018 Outdoor                         

Track & Field Championships                           
La Crosse, Wis.  - 5/24/2018 to 5/26/2018                     
 

Event 15  Women 100 M Hurdles
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 3 Heats. Advance top 1 from each heat plus next best 6 to final                
 Hurdles in all lanes.                                                          
  DIII Champ: # 13.60  1998        Bridget Cochran, Chris. Newport              
     Stadium: ^ 13.67                                                           
    Comp#  Name                Year School                 Prelims  Wind H#        
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Preliminaries                                                                   
  1 #167 Sophie Stokes Cerkv  JR Colby                    14.50Q -2.9  2        
  2 #209 Nicole Bartoletta    SR Geneva                   14.60Q -3.9  1 14.593 
  3 #338 Jessica Fields       SO Redlands                 14.60Q -2.6  3 14.600 
  4 #205 Annie Woolley        SR Fitchburg St.            14.57q -2.9  2        
  5 #471 Raevyn Fontaine      SR Wheaton (Mass.)          14.62q -3.9  1 14.613 
  6 #144 Jenna Dyksen         SR Calvin                   14.62q -3.9  1 14.617 
  7 #220 Gabrielle Brown      JR Hamline                  14.66q -2.9  2        
  8 #130 Jayci Andrews        JR Bridgewater St.          14.68q -2.9  2        
  9 #361 Darielle Cross       SO Rowan                    14.77q -3.9  1        
 10 #247 Catalina Lee Kim     SR La Verne                 14.81  -2.6  3        
 11 #458 Sabrina Pray         SR Westfield State          14.85  -2.6  3        
 12 #398 Erin MacDougall      JR SUNY Geneseo             14.88  -2.6  3        
 13 #233 Amber Edwards        SR Ithaca                   15.12  -2.6  3        
 14 #353 Kylee Bartlett       JR Rochester                15.15  -2.6  3 15.142 
 15 #221 Anna Futterer        SR Hamline                  15.15  -3.9  1 15.144 
 16 #463 Favor Ezewuzie       SO Wheaton (Ill.)           15.16  -2.6  3        
 17 #519 Clair Shepardson     FR Wis.-La Crosse           15.20  -3.9  1        
 18 #415 Annalisa DeBari      SR Tufts                    15.26  -3.9  1        
 19 #160 Sabrine Griffith     SO Claremont-Mu             15.27  -2.9  2        
 20 #404 Kaila Carter         SO TCNJ                     15.30  -2.9  2        
 21 #492 Izabelle Ith         FR Williams                 15.37  -2.9  2        
 -- #363 Aspen McMillan       JR Rowan                       FS  -3.9  1