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NCAA champ Stokes Cerkvenik off to fine start in 100 hurdles

ATLANTA, Ga. -- Defending NCAA champion Sophie Stokes Cerkvenik started defense of her 100-meter hurdles title by placing third overall and first among Division III hurdlers at the Emory University Classic on Saturday.

Stokes Cerkvenik had a time of 14.41 to finish behind two Division II athletes. The All-American has a 14.06 school record.
Rachel Leonard and Sharde Johnson both took fifth-place finishes for the Mules. Leonard had a 58.53 in the 400 dash, while Johnson went 5-feet, 5-inches in the high jump.
Christie Woodside took sixth place for the Mules in the triple jump in 35-5. Jayla Moss was 10th, Christina Speliakos placed 12th, and Kaylie Vallee took 14h in 10.41.
Speliakos, Leonard, Stokes Cerkvenik, and Moss placed seventh in the 400  relay. 
Annah Rossvall was eighth for the Mules in 1:06.44 and Stokes Cerkvenik took  ninth with a 1:06.74 in the 400 hurdles. Woodside added a ninth in the long jump and was 11th in the 100 hurdles (15.96). Emily Larson was 14th in the 100 hurdles in 16.41.
Sophia Gorman, the NESCAC women's cross country champion this past fall, took 11th place in the 1,500 meters (4:58.56). Margaret Bannon had the same finish in the 100 dash (13.33).