Jones leads USI With Two GLVC Championships


University of Southern Indiana Women’s Indoor Track & Field junior Hope Jones(Cumberland, Indiana) ran two provisional times on her way to winning two Great Lakes Valley Conference individual championships Saturday and Sunday at the University of Indianapolis ARC in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Jones defended her conference championship in the 5000 meters Saturday after running a provisional time of 17 minutes, 19.97 seconds. She bested second place by 18 seconds. Senior Jessica Lincoln(Palatine, Illinois) placed fifth in 18:11.20.

On Sunday afternoon, Jones collected her second title of the weekend by winning the 3000 meters.  She ran a provisional time of 10:02.05, her fastest time of the year by more than eight seconds. USI also had top five finishes in the 3000 by freshman Jennifer Comastri (Indianapolis, Indiana) and senior Melina Gryschka (Garbsen, Germany), who finished three tenths of a second apart in fourth and fifth, respectively.

Gryschka picked up a GLVC championship of her own in the mile, crossing the line in 5:02.79, missing a provisional time by just .12 seconds. Junior Kate Henrickson (Boonville, Indiana) finished fifth.