Photo Credit Grant Munroe
May 15, 2013

The Culver Girls Academy track and field team captured the Rochester Sectional title on May 14. CGA was paced by junior Leah Heckaman (Plymouth, Ind.), who won both the shot put and discus, and Amber Cowell ’14 (Culver), who won the 300-meter hurdles.

The Eagles finished with 137 points, 14 points better than runner-up Plymouth. CGA will be sending 15 individuals and relay teams to the Warsaw Regional on May 21.

Heckaman set a sectional record with toss of 42 feet, 2.5 inches in the shot put. Her throw was eight feet farther than the runner-up. He winning throw of 132 feet, 0.5 inches in the discus was 28 feet beyond the second-place finisher.

Junior Leah Heckaman will be making her third trip to the state track and field championship after winning the Warsaw Regional shot put and discus events. CulverPhotos.com/Grant Munroe

Junior Leah Heckaman will be making her third trip to the state track and field championship after winning the Warsaw Regional shot put and discus events. CulverPhotos.com/Grant Munroe

Cowell won the 300 hurdles, was the runner-up in the 100 hurdles, and was a member of the winning 1600-meter relay team, which included juniors Motunrayo Adenuga (Tecumseh, Mich.), Hannah Buggeln (Valparaiso, Ind.), and senior Laura Ma (Indianapolis). Their time of 4:10.39 set a school record.

Neer wins Ivy League honors

Columbia sophomore Waverly Neer finished with All-Ivy League honors following the league’s Heptagonal Outdoor Track & Field Championships. She was first team All-Ivy at the 5,000 meters.

After spending  most of the 2012-13 season recovering from injury, Neer ’11 battled back to capture her first outdoor 5,000 Ivy League title on Sunday. She crossed the finish line in 16:14.23. She also  placed third in the women’s 3,000 with a time of 9:29.60.

All-Academic honors for Arroyo

Princeton junior Alejandro Arroyo Yamin earned All-Academic honors by the US Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCA) earlier this year. To be eligible for the award a student-athlete must carry a minimum 3.25 cumulative grade point average and earn All-America status or finish in the 15 at the regional meet.

Arroyo Yamin, who graduated from CMA in 2010, was the Tigers’ No. 2 finisher at the NCAA Cross Country Regional finishing fifth overall as Princeton finished in third place. He was the second Tiger across the line again at the NCAA Championships, finishing 58th overall to help Princeton to a program-best 11th-place finish.

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