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Lincoln's Medley receives MIAA indoor track award

Lincoln's Medley receives MIAA indoor track award

January 31st, 2019 by News Tribune in College Sports

Lincoln sophomore Rene Medley was selected as the MIAA women's track athlete of the week, the league announced Tuesday.

Medley was only entered in one event — the women's 200-meter dash — last Friday at the Jayhawk Classic in Lawrence, Kan., but she recorded a winning time of 24.09 seconds.

That time is the fastest recorded time this season among NCAA Division II women and is a provisional time for the indoor national championships. Medley also currently holds the third-fastest time this season in the 60-meter dash at 7.51 seconds.

Medley had one of seven event wins for Lincoln at the Jayhawk Classic.

The Lincoln women's team, which accounted for five of those wins, posted a first-place finish in the 4x400-meter relay. Kissi-Ann Brown, Renea Ambersley, Shanice Clarke and Christine Moss clocked a time of 3:45.38.

Lincoln currently owns the fastest 4x400 time in Division II this season at 3:40.76, an automatic qualifier for the national championships.

Ambersley won the 600-yard dash in 1:23.43, while Brown finished first in the 400-meter dash in 55.18 seconds, a provisional-qualifying time.

Diana Cauldwell added a win in the women's triple jump with a distance of 39 feet, 2.5 inches, a provisional-qualifying mark and season-best.

For the Lincoln men, Roberson Smith won the 60 in a time of 6.90 seconds. Kizan David also won the long jump with a leap of 23-11.75, a provisional-qualifying mark.

UMKC senior Louisa Nylander (Jefferson City High School) was fourth in the women's 60 with a time of 7.78 seconds. She also was fourth in the 200 (26.18 seconds) and helped the Kangaroos to a seventh-place finish in the 4x400 in 4:02.96.

Benedictine senior Scott Brannan (School of the Osage High School) took fifth place in the men's shot put with a throw of 49-1.5.

In this week's NCAA Division II Top 25 rankings by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross County Coaches Association, the Lincoln women hold the No. 3 ranking behind top-ranked Grand Valley State and No. 2 Adams State.

Lincoln competes Friday and Saturday in the St. Louis Collegiate Classic, hosted by Principia College in Elsah, Ill.