Less than 24 hours after earning her fourth All-American honor, Denison junior Aedin Brennan returned to the JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem, N.C. to compete in the triple jump at nationals for the first time in her collegiate career. Brennan just missed earning her second All-American certificate of the weekend after finishing ninth at the 2015 NCAA Division III Indoor Championship.
Brennan became the first female athlete in program history to qualify for the national meet in the triple jump after posting a school-record mark of 38'2.25" at the Ohio State University Tune-Up on Feb. 20. That mark bested her previous school record of 37'11.25" set six days prior at the 2015 All-Ohio Championship held at Otterbein University.
Brennan ended up in preliminary flight number one after a random draw split up the 17-athlete field. The Fairport, New York native achieved her best jump of the preliminaries in her second attempt. After both prelim flights were complete, Brennan and Trinity senior Jenna Wilborne were tied for the ninth place. Since only the top nine would advance to the final, the tie needed to be broke to determine the field. With both athletes posting matching marks in their second and third jumps, it all came down to the first attempt of the prelims. Wilborne's first jump came in at 36'9", while Brennan posted a mark of 36'11.75" to earn a spot in the finals.
In the finals, only three of the nine athletes improved on their best preliminary mark as Brennan remained in ninth place after three attempts. Of those three athletes, only one improved their standing from the prelims as Springfield senior Amanda Martin jumped from sixth place to fourth after six jumps. Brennan's preliminary jump of 37'11.50" kept her in ninth place after everyone was through competing.
Reigning NCAA Division III indoor triple jump champion Bria Halama of Wisconsin-La Crosse successfully defended her title with a mark of 40'9.50", while last year's third-place finisher Divya Diswal of St. Lawrence was second with a combined jump of 39'11.25". Diswal finished runner-up in the event at the 2013 NCAA indoor meet. Wisconsin-Platteville sophomore Amber Williams (39'6") was third in the standings, while Martin (39'3") and Illinois Wesleyan's Jill Harman (38'9.75") rounded out the top-5. Hendrix's Victoria Amadi (38'8.75"), last year's runner-up Bailey Alston of Wisconsin-La Crosse (38'4.25") and Ithaca senior Emilia Scheemaker (38'1.50") rounded out the list All-American performers.