Gorlok Track Lands Several in National Rankings

| March 26, 2014

After competing in its first outdoor track and field meet, the Webster University track team finds several of its members falling into the top 50 rankings of the NCAA III performance list. The team participated in the Rhodes Invitational on March 22, in Memphis, Tenn., and four individuals leapt into the rankings in six different events based on their performances there.

Jenny Howard ran a career personal best time in the 200-meter dash and is currently ranked fourth in all of the NCAA III.  Her previous college best in the 200-meter was 25.70. In the 100-meter dash, Howard is currently ranked sixth with her 12.46 time at Rhodes.  These performances helped propel her to a SLIAC Player of the Week nod. In 2013, Howard missed qualifying for the NCAA III National Championships by .09 in the 100 and looks to be in top form at the beginning of the 2014 outdoor track and field season.

Freshman Lauren McClain is currently ranked 19th in all of NCAA III after throwing 11.76 meters (37’8″), smashing the Webster school record, and finishing first in a field of 39 in the shot put at Rhodes. McClain also garnered a SLIAC Player of the Week nod for her performance.

David Lambus celebrates a first place finish in the 800M.

David Lambus celebrates a first place finish in the 800-meter run.

Sophomore David Lambus is currently ranked 16th in the NCAA III in the 800-meter run. Lambus won the 800m at the Rhodes invite, finishing first in a field of 42 runners, and broke the Webster school record with a time of 1:56.42.

Zack Zurfluh-Cunningham is ranked in the top 50 in the nation in both the 400-meter dash and 200-meter dash following the first weekend of competition. Zurfluh-Cunningham is ranked 47th in the 400 following his fifth place finish and time of 50.90 at Rhodes. Zurfluh Cunningham is also ranked 34th in the 200 following his third place finish in 22.55.

Following the last meet before the NCAA III National Championships, the top 24 performances over the course of the spring for women and the top 22 for men in each event, will qualify for the Championships.

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