Marqueling an All American Three-Peat
University of Saint Francis senior Jean Marqueling didn't get the first-place finish she was looking for, but the senior did get a first in Lady Cougars track and field at the NAIA Indoor National Championship Meet on March 4.
Marqueling finished second in the women's weight throw, making her USF's first indoor track and field three-time All-American. Marqueling, who had the best throw of the indoor season at 18.09 meters (59 feet, 4 inches) and was the No. 1 seed, produced her best throw this season and another USF record with a best throw of 18.31 meters, (60 feet, 1 inch) on her third effort of the meet.
Unfortunately for Marqueling, senior Denise Matoon (Oklahoma Christian) bested the USF thrower on her third and final throw in the finals, 18.80 meters (61 feet, 8 inches). Matoon was the No. 3 seed with a season best 17.63 meters (57 feet, 10 1/4 inches).
In 2010, Marqueling authored a third-place finish on a throw of 17.27 meters (56 feet, 8 inches). She earned her first and USF's first women's indoor All-American honor in 2009 with a best throw of 17.15 (56 feet, 3 inches). Marqueling was a four-time NAIA weight throw qualifier, having also qualified and competed as a freshman in 2008. She finished 23rd, with a best of 13.21 meters in 2008 as the only freshman in the field.