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Cumings Finishes 20th in NCAA Discus Final
Liberty sophomore Mychelle Cumings finished 20th in the women's discus final in her debut at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships, Thursday at Oregon's Hayward Field. Meanwhile, teammate Isaac Wendland placed 24th in the men's 1,500-meter run semifinals.
Cumings' first discus attempt, which landed at 155-6, turned out to be her best mark of the day. The Tennessee native fouled her second try, which landed in the 170-foot range, before measuring 148-11 on her third and final throw.
Cumings earns honorable mention All-America accolades by virtue of her 20th-place finish. She capped off a stellar sophomore campaign which also featured Big South and ECAC titles in the discus, as well as the Big South indoor and outdoor shot put crowns.
Wendland's 1,500 time of 4:00.78 placed the redshirt senior 12th in his heat and 24th overall in the semifinal round of the event. He also garners honorable mention All-America classification despite failing to qualify for Saturday's 1,500-meter final.
Wendland's storybook senior season featured Big South titles in the 800 and 1,500 as well as an IC4A crown at 1,500 meters. The Hawkeye State native broke both the Liberty and Big South Conference 1,500-meter records with his 3:43.91 clocking at the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round meet.
Wendland, who owns a "B" qualifier for the 2013 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, will now wait and see if he is invited to the event. The first day of competition in the men's 1,500 is June 20, at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa. Wendland is quite familiar with Drake Stadium, the venue for the Iowa state meet during his highly-decorated high school career at Lighthouse Academy.