Molly Schimp made history the weekend of March 2 as she became the first female Spartans to qualify and compete in the NJCAA Indoor Track and Field National Championships held at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX. Schimp exceeded her seed mark as she finished 14th at the national indoor championships. This is the first year Southwestern has field a track and field team.
Schimp finished 14th overall in the high jump, just missing the podium based on criteria. She cleared the first three heights and went out when the bar reached 1.66m, (5-05.25). Just four women in the competition made that height, but due to some early missed attempts, Schimp placed 14th.
“Molly was on her game today,” explained Coach Huntington. “They started at 4’11" and that is a big height to start at. She clipped the bar on her first attempt which was more nerves than anything. She went on to set the school’s record in the high jump and just barely missed making the awards stand at the national championships. That’s a pretty good day if you ask me.”
The Spartans will be starting their outdoor season March 23 at Grand View University in Des Moines.