All-American, UAA honorees back
Issue date: 12/4/09 Section: Sports
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Nwanna displayed his remarkable and versatile skill when he competed in five events to finish fourth in the NCAA Division III Championships pentathlon to earn an All-American title. Nwanna isn't just well-rounded; he's a top athlete across the board of events, to put it simply. He scored 3,627 total points in the pentathlon at nationals.
"Fall training has been well underway and we've all been working real hard. All the hard work should set us up to meet our individual and team goals for the year," said Nwanna. "Our team is still fairly young, we have a large group of freshmen and a lot of returning sophomores. There is a lot of potential and more depth on the team. I see us scoring more points across all events come conferences-time."
Junior Justine Jeroski leads the women's indoor track team and is definitely someone to watch. Last year, Jeroski became a dual UAA champion as well as leading the rest of the Spartans at the UAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in New York. Jeroski beat the second place runner by 24 seconds in the 5000-meter run and the next day she won the 3000-meter run as well.
Needless to say, Jeroski is expected to do great things this season and watching her rise to the challenge should be exciting. Another person to watch is sophomore Erin Hollinger, who earned All-UAA honors in the high jump in her first indoor collegiate track and field season. Hollinger's jump of 1.62 m placed her second for the event. During the outdoor season, Hollinger fifth in the high jump at nationals and became an All-American.