Schnoor, Masterson double winners at MWC meet
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Women's Track & Field - Sat, May 13, 2017

GALESBURG, Ill. – Libby Schnoor (JR/Camanche, Iowa) has surfaced into one of the nation's elite multi-event performers. The junior all-American showcased her versatility amongst the best in the Midwest Conference Friday and Saturday at the MWC Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

Schnoor captured her first two MWC titles and gained all-conference status in two other events to pace Cornell's women's squad to a strong third-place effort at Knox College's Turner Track. Schnoor's two-day display earned her the tag as MWC Women's Field Performer of the Year.  

Coach Dan Schofer's Rams finished with five event champions and topped the 100-point mark for the third consecutive year with 108.5. St. Norbert grabbed the team crown with 221 points, followed by Monmouth in second (156).

Schnoor has now hauled in a whopping nine all-MWC medals combined during this year's indoor and outdoor meets. Her first two championships came this weekend, winning the long jump with a mark of 17-2.25 and taking the javelin with a big toss of 126-1 that broke Lynn Schneider's school record (125-1.50 in 2005).

Schnoor placed second in the high jump (5-3) and ran the leadoff leg on the runner-up 4x400 relay of Zaria Lambert (FR/Davenport, Iowa), Sydney Strunk (SR/Ottumwa, Iowa) and anchor Emma Cochrane (SO/Mount Vernon, Iowa) that crossed in a season-best 4:04.07. Schnoor added a fourth-place showing in the 400 hurdles (1:08.82).   

Abrah Masterson (SR/Granby, Colo.) was her dominant self in the distance races, notching her ninth and 10th career MWC championships on the oval. The junior cruised to an 87-second victory in the 5000-meter run. She won the 10000 for the third consecutive year in 40:27.73, with 28 seconds to spare over chief rival Erin Artz of St. Norbert.

Nikki Leach (SR/Landenberg, Pa.) defended her title in the 100 hurdles. She blew away the finals field with a personal-best time of 14.65 that ranks No. 23 nationally. It was the fifth career MWC crown for the Ram senior.

Junior MariKate Murphy (JR/Kirklin, Ind.) delivered a pair of all-conference performances, placing second in the 3000 steeplechase (11:45.50) and third in the 10000 (41:53.89). Cochrane took runner-up in the 400 with a mark of 58.51.

Lambert reached the 100 finals and finished fourth (12.45). Leach wound up fifth in the triple jump (34-2).