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Clackamas T&F Alumni Kennedy Rufener and Emma Hill excel in NCAA Div II Indoor Seasons

image of Kennedy Rufener leading the packKennedy Rufener leads the way for Wetsern Oregon

Clackamas Cougar Track & Field alumni Kennedy Rufener and Emma Hill have had some great indoor results this season.

Kennedy Rufener finished eighth at the NCAA Division II National Championships running 16:49

From the Western Oregon University Website:

In the only individual final of the day, Kennedy Rufener earned her first career All-American honor with an eighth-place result in the 5,000-meter run. Rufener hovered in the No. 12 position out of 17 competitors through the first two kilometers before moving up the field in the middle sections of the race.

"Kennedy was tripped up at the start and had to work her way back up. It took a little bit, but she seemed to freshen at 900 meters and had a solid and composed finish," Johnson said.

Rufener closed out the distance event with a school record 16:49.68 to score a point in the team standings. The time set a personal best in the event by more than four seconds. In all, Rufener lowered the school record in the 5,000 by more than 34 seconds this season.

Emma Hill finished thirteenth for Concordia University (OR) at the NCAA Division II National Championships jumping 39’5 ” (12.03 meters).  Hill was a two-time NWAC All-American in the triple jump.


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