Owl soars to All-American status

Westfield State’s two All-Americans –
Ashley Craig and Jessie Cardin – pose
at Veteran’s Memorial Field Sports
Complex in La Crosse, Wisconsin.
(Jason Weber photo)

WESTFIELD – Westfield State University senior Jessie Cardin earned All-America honors with a seventh-place finish in the women’s 3000-meter steeplechase at the NCAA Division III National Championship meet at the Veteran’s Memorial Field Sports Complex in La Crosse, Wisconsin on Saturday.
Cardin covered the course in 10:37.75.
Centre (Ky.) College’s Annie Rodenfels outsprinted Whitworth (Ore.) University’s Kayla Leland to win the event with a time of 10:15.75.
The top eight finishers at the national championship meet earn All-America Honors from the USTFCCA. Cardin earned All-America honors in track for the first time.
Cardin held off 8th-place finisher Jenna Melansonof M.I.T. by nearly four seconds to ensure an All-American finish.
Cardin is also a two-time All-American (2016, 2018) in cross country. She placed ninth in the nation in the steeplechase in 2016 to narrowly miss earning All-America honors on the track that season as well.
Cardin will graduate as one of the most-decorated student athletes in Westfield State history. She previously was named as the school’s female senior scholar athlete award winner, holding the highest GPA among the Owls four-year student athletes, and was also named as the John Kurty Award winner, the top award given to a graduating student athlete for outstanding contributions to athletics at Westfield State University.
Westfield State finished 43rd among 80 scoring teams at the national meet. Both Cardin and Ashley Craig earned All-America honors at the meet. – Courtesy of Westfield State University Sports

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