Ella Brown followed her victory in the triple jump on April 1 with a personal best—12.02 metres—on April 2.
Brown wins back-to-back triple jumps, ranks 9th nationally
By Steve Frost
Simon Fraser University junior Ella Brown won back-to-back triple jumps in San Francisco on April 2-3, provisionally qualifying for the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA) Division II national outdoor championships, along with several other Clan track and field athletes.
Brown followed her victory in the triple jump at the San Francisco State Distance Carnival on April 1 with a victory at the Stanford Invitational on April 2, turning in a personal best performance in track and field.
Brown’s winning jump at Stanford was 12.02 metres, ranking her ninth overall in NCAA D2. Brown leaped 11.88 metres on Friday.
“This is a big breakthrough for Ella,” says Clan head coach Brit Townsend. “It was a personal best and this will give her a good chance to make the outdoor championships.”
The automatic qualifying standard in the women’s triple jump is 12.70 metres. A leap of 12.02 metres would have qualified for nationals last year.
Another highlight from the Stanford Invitational was senior middle distance runner Cameron Proceviat’s finish – he ranked 11th in the 800. His time of 1:50.85 provisionally qualifies for nationals and he currently ranks eighth overall in NCAA. Proceviat will be aiming for 1:49.00 in future meets to automatically qualify for nationals.
“We qualified a lot of individuals for the conference championships and we had a lot of personal bests so it’s a great start to the seasons,” says Townsend.
At the San Francisco State Distance Carnival, juniors Marc-Antoine Rouleau (1500), Rebecca Bassett (5,000) and Sophie Dodd (800) all achieved the NCAA D2 national provisional qualifying standards.
Rouleau was third overall in the men’s 1,500 metres in 3:49.65, easily surpassing the provisional mark (3:51.68). He will have to eclipse 3:45.65 to automatically qualify.
Bassett placed fourth in her first 5,000 metres of the season, posting a time of 16:43.55. Her time is well short of automatic qualification (16.25.35) but would have been enough to get her into last year’s championship meet.
Rouleau and Bassett are ranked second in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC).
Dodd won her heat and finished fourth overall in the 800 metres in 2:12.45, joining SFU’s Alana Mussatto to provisionally qualify for the event.
Alex Wu achieved a personal best, and won the men’s long jump with a leap of 7:03 metres, while Daniel Kelloway was first in the 400 in 48.16. Kelloway was 17th at the Stanford Invitational in 48.47. Both qualified for the CNAC Championships, with Kelloway ranked second.
Sophomores Miryam Bassett, in 4:58.65, and Julia Howley, running a personal best 4:59.05, finished second and third, respectively, in the mile race while Monique Lisek was third in the 400 hurdles in 1:02.87 at the Distance Carnival. Lisek ranks second in the conference.
Among those qualifying for the GNAC championships with personal best performances in the steeple chase were senior Emma Chadsey and sophomore Dana Townsend, ranked fourth and sixth in the conference.
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