HCC's Hollenshead, Atha set for national track meet

May 15, 2008|By ANDREW MASON

Hagerstown Community College freshman Lindsey Hollenshead is aiming for the season sweep at the NJCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Levelland, Texas.

Hollenshead, a James Buchanan High School graduate, is 2-for-2 at national meets for the Hawks, earning All-American honors in cross country in the fall and in indoor track in the winter.

"I'm hoping for another one -- 3-for-3 is what I'm going for," she said.

Hollenshead will compete in the 10,000-meter run today and the 5,000 on Saturday. She'll be joined by freshman teammate Jordan Atha, who will run the 1,500 on Friday with hopes of qualifying for Saturday's final in the event.

"Jordan and I have been training really hard and putting in a lot of miles," Hollenshead said. "But I've been really frustrated with myself because I haven't run a great time this year outdoors."


Hollenshead is seeded 19th in the 5,000 at 19:01.78. She's never before run the 10,000.

"I'm just going to let it all out in the 10,000 first, and what I have left for the 5,000 is what I have left," she said. "It will be hard."

Rend Lake's Pasca Cheruitot is seeded first in the 5,000 at 16:42.47, and Central Arizona's Rose Tanui is first in the 10,000 at 34:34.61. The top three in each event earn NJCAA All-American honors, while the top six nonforeign runners earn NJCAA Coaches' Association All-American status. The distance running events are loaded with foreign competitors.

"Lindsey's best chance is in the 10,000," HCC coach Brian Ferrari said. "The farther she goes, the longer the race, the better she's going to be."

Atha, a Williamsport graduate, is seeded 20th in the 1,500 at 4:59.00. Cheruitot tops the field at 4:26.62.

"I know I can run a lot faster," said Atha, who won Maryland Class 1A state titles in the 1,600 and 4x800 relay for the Wildcats. "I want to run 4:52 or faster."

The top 12 in the 1,500 on Friday will advance to Saturday's final.

"The goal for Jordan is to make the final and be a Coaches' All-American," Ferrari said.

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