Despite missing the indoor season with an injury, EMU's Michaela Chowning (Urbanna, Va./Middlesex) wrapped up her freshman season on a high note Friday at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships.
After winning the high jump at the ODAC Championships last month, Chowning exceeded her goals at the national meet in Geneva, Ohio. She cleared 1.61m (5ft-3.25in), her second-best effort of the year, to tie with a group of women in 14th. Based on jumps, Chowning settled in at No. 21 on the national stage.
She cleared the initial height of 1.56m on her second try, and notched 1.61m despite bumping the bar on her third and final attempt.
She was one of five freshmen in the 22-person field.
A knee injury kept Chowning out of the indoor track & field season, making a good appearance at Nationals even more impressive with her physical and mental return to competition.
Coach Erick Camodeca explained that Chowning's trip to Nationals is only the first step to a promising four years at Eastern Mennonite, especially after she recovers from offseason surgery.
"Our goal for Michaela was to get experience out here, and to clear a height," he said. "We definitely accomplished those goals. We are looking forward to her recovery after this surgery, so we can start implementing a lot more drills and strength training she wasn't able to do this season because of the injury."
Her season PR of 1.69m (5ft-6.5in) is No. 2 in EMU history.
The 2019 NCAA National Championships wrapped up on Saturday, with men's triple jumper Grant Amoateng (Bristow, Va./Patriot) taking 13th place in his fourth national appearance.