Martin advances to 55-meter final
WC senior runs fastest time in preliminaries
March 12, 2010
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GREENCASTLE, Ind. — Wilmington College senior Callen Martin advanced to the 55-meter dash final by running the fastest time in Friday’s preliminaries at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championship, hosted by DePauw University.
Martin (Cincinnati/Finneytown) won her heat with a 7.05 to guarantee a spot in Saturday’s 3:25 p.m. final.
“She took care of business,” Wilmington head coach Ron Combs said. “She did what she needed to do and moved to the next round. I think she’s ready to go. Technically, she’s been so sound all year. This is just another step in the process for her.”
Also advancing to the final was defending national champion Judy Bataille of Heidelberg University, who had the fourth-fastest time (7.10) in the prelims. Also advancing to the final were Erica Johnson of Buffalo State (7.06), Faith Burt of Wartburg (7.09), Amanda LaRocca of Illinois Wesleyan (7.12), Kailey Charlton of Wisconsin La Crosse (7.15), Camille Davis of Wisconsin Oshkosh (7.18) and LaToya Edwards of Brockport SUNY (7.20).
“It’s not just Callen and Judy,” Combs said. “Any of the eight women in the final have a legitimate chance to win. We don’t know what everybody else has been doing, how much they’ve raced, how much they haven’t raced. Everybody’s got a shot, but Callen’s certainly got just as good a shot as anybody else.”
Qualifying for the final guarantees Martin’s sixth trip to the All-America podium, tying former WC greats Nyhla Rothwell and Emily Herring for the most career All-America honors.
For now, the All-America podium must wait as Martin guns for her first national title. She was the indoor 55-meter runner-up in 2007 and 2009 and was the outdoor 100-meter runner-up in 2009.
“Callen has had a tough situation this season,” Combs said. “She is undefeated this year, and has done so running multiple times against the defending national champion. She’s been in the big meet situations all year. I think that’s helped her and I think she’s ready to go.”
The Wilmington College Sports Network will feature a live report from the NCAA Championship at 4:30 p.m. Saturday. The program will include an interview with Callen Martin.