Marqueling hammers national competitors

USF senior Jean Marqueling put down the hammer on competitors by winning her second consecutive

NAIA Outdoor National Track & Field Championship hammer throw title on May 26 at the Indiana Wesleyan University Track and Field Stadium.

Marqueling, a Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger High School graduate, secured her second consecutive national hammer throw title with a release of 190 feet, 5 inches. She becomes the third repeat winner in this event in 16 seasons, and her best throw was just the fourth at 190 or more feet. She also is the seventh Indiana winner of the event and only the second Indiana repeat winner.

Marqueling defended her national title with a winning toss that was two meters farther than the title toss last year. Her throw of 58.03-meters was 1.38-meters (14 feet, 5 inches) better than the field of 23 entries.

Her victory also makes her a three-time NAIA Outdoor All-American and a six-time NAIA All-American in track and field competition, both record-setting marks for USF.

“I felt like there was more pressure this year because I won last year, everybody knew me and you just never know what will happen at nationals, especially today with all the different weather elements,” Marqueling said later, after spending more than four hours warming up, cooling down, competing and then waiting for the finals.

The competition was delayed when one of the competitors was hit by an errant release. And there was another delay to re-calibrate the measuring device. And at times there was a driving rain. Fortunately, Marqueling maintained her footing while several other competitors slipped and fell in the cement ring as they attempted to throw the hammer.