University of Southern Indiana Women's Outdoor Track & Field junior distance runner Jennifer Comastri(Indianapolis, Indiana) recorded a school-record and NCAA Division II Automatic Qualifying time of 33 minutes, 51.43 seconds in the 10,000 meters to highlight a strong night for the Screaming Eagles at the St. Francis Fighting Chance Invitational Friday.
Comastri edged out University of Indianapolis standout Lauren Bailey for first in the event, while senior distance runner Hope Jones (Winders) (Cumberland, Indiana) was third with a personal-best and NCAA II provisional time of 35:08.62. Winders' time puts her in the mix to claim one of the final spots in the 10,000 meters at the NCAA II Outdoor Championships May 27-29 in Allendale, Michigan.
USI's women also got a strong effort out of freshman Mckenna Cavanaugh (New Albany, Indiana), who broke her own freshman record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with an NCAA II provisional qualifying time of 10:41.83. Cavanaugh, who was second in the event, also will be in the mix for one of the final spots in the steeplechase at the NCAA II Outdoor Championships.
Junior Gavin Prior (Mattoon, Illinois) paced the men's competitors Friday night with a second-place showing in the 10,000 meters. Prior notched his second NCAA II provisional qualifying time in the event this season with a time of 30:29.76.
Friday night served as USI's last attempt at qualifying student athletes for the NCAA II Outdoor Championships. Final selections for the event will be announced May 18 on NCAA.com.