Women's Track & Field: 4x100 Relay Team Makes Finals to Headline Day One at NCAA Championships

Taylor Ruffing (Photo by Ryan Baker)
Taylor Ruffing (Photo by Ryan Baker)

LaCROSSE, Wis. -- Mount Union's women's track and field 4x100 meter relay team qualified for the finals to headline day one at the NCAA Division III Track & Field Championships in LaCrosse, Wisconsin.

The quartet of juniors Taylor Ruffing (Attica/Seneca East) and Lisa Brasdovich (Columbia Station/Columbia), sophomore Taylor Coghlan (Twinsburg/Twinsburg) and freshman Veronica Clutter (Geneva/Geneva) grabbed the ninth and final spot in Saturday's 3:30 pm (eastern) finals with a time of 47.76 which was 0.12 seconds off their season-best time.

Clutter is also competing in the hepthalon and sits in 19th place with 2,654 points after four of the seven events.  Her highlight today came in finishing second in the 200 meters.  Tomorrow she finishes with long jump, javelin and 800 meters.

Senior Daryn Herman (Fairview Park/Fairview) finished 12th in the 400 meter hurdles (1:02.33) and did not make the finals.

Fellow senior Mary Mahoney (Ashtabula/St. John-St. Paul) placed ninth in the preliminaries of the 200 meters (24.58) but re-aggrivated an injury suffered a month ago at the conference championships which forced the 4x400 meter relay team to scratch and not compete.  It is questionable whether Mahoney will compete any more at the meet.