GENEVA, Ohio – Sophie Stokes Cerkvenik placed sixth in the 100 m hurdles at the track and field national championships with a time of 14.09, capturing her third All-American finish of her storied career at Colby. Race officials had to look at her time to the thousandth of a second because the 7th place runner recorded the same time. She came out 0.003 seconds ahead with a 14.081.
Her time was just 0.03 seconds off of her personal best and school record. Stokes Cerkvenik, this year's winner of the Elsworth "Bill" Millett Award at Colby, which recognizes the top male and female athletes of the senior class, was the national champion last year's 100 m hurdles and this year's NESCAC Champion in the same event. Speaking earlier about her career, her coach Dave Cusano said, "She is a tenacious competitor who relishes opportunities to compete." This quality has given a consistency and excellence to her career that is almost unmatched in recent school history. Cusano added that all three Colby athletes that represented the Mules at the championships showed, "compassion, desire, execution, and discipline. I couldn't be more proud of Rachel, Sophie, and Sage. Two All-Americans, a school record, and finishing 6th, 3rd, and 17th at the NCAA Championship is an exceptional showing. These mules represented Colby in a very professional manner all weekend and I am very humbled by their efforts."
Stokes Cerkvenik graduates from Colby tomorrow.