Feb 16, 2013
TRACK & FIELD: Cowan, Cockerill claim GPAC crowns
By BCU Sports Information
It was just another day at the office for Briar Cliff's Raheem Cowan, won the indoor triple jump crown for the second time in as many years after a bound of 48 feet, 8.75 inches at this year's GPAC Indoor Track and Field Championships, which were held today in Lincoln, Nebraska. Cowan added another title in the long jump and nearly qualified for nationals in that event after leaping 22-11.25.
Senior Clay Pagels finished second in the high jump after a career-best 6-10.75, while senior Bryce Harshman was second to Cowan in the long jump with a distance of 22-07.75.
Running the event for only the second time, freshman Rusty Muncy finished fifth in the 200m dash (22.80), collecting all-GPAC accolades. All-conference honors were also earned by senior Cory Hollamon, who finished third in the triple jump (46-02.00) as well as the Chargers' 4x400m relay team of Dillian Broadnax, Patrick Cisar, Alan Gerdes and Cowan, which finished fifth in a time of 3:21.20. The Chargers' 4x400m squad set a new school record, but just missed qualifying for nationals.
The Briar Cliff men scored the most points ever for a BC team at the GPAC meet (50) and finished seventh, equalling their best finish ever. This year's two indoor titles increased the total for the BC men's track program to five, four of which have been won by Cowan.
On the women's side, senior Tara Cockerill won the shot put by over a foot. With her toss of 48 feet, 0.75 inches, she claimed the first-ever conference title for a BC female track athlete. All-conference honors were also earned by freshman Steph Rohe, who made the finals and finished seventh in the 60m hurdles with a clocking of 9.47 as well as the Chargers' 4x400m and 4x800m relay teams.
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