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Nicholson opening eyes as freshman

Saturday, April 7, 2012

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Jennifer Nicholson
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LYNCHBURG, Va. -- It didn't take long for East Prairie graduate Jennifer Nicholson to make a name for herself in the college ranks.

The Liberty University freshman recently recorded the longest discus throw at the school since 1992 with a throw of 146-0 at the Coastal Carolina Invitational, good enough for second place.

The throw was also good enough to qualify Nicholson for the prestigious ECAC meet held in May.

Two weeks later, teammate Mychelle Cumings surpassed Nicholson and set the school record with a throw of 158-8 at the UVa Team Swashbuckle, putting Nicholson third in the school's record books.

Nicholson also has competed in the shot put with her best throw of 41-10.5 at the Coastal Carolina meet and the hammer throw where her best throw of 147-11 came on March 16 at the Shamrock Invitational. The freshman has also thrown the javelin 114-7 at the Coastal Carolina Invitational.

Nicholson is not the only local athlete doing well in track and field at the college level. Kelly's Tara Johnson is a junior distance runner at Maryville University where she competes in the 1,500-meter and 5,000-meter runs as well as the 4x800 relay.

Kelly's Cody Kern is a sophomore distance runner at William Woods and most recently ran the 800 in 1:59.72 at the Washington University Invitational.

Scott County Central's Brianna Johnson, a senior at Williams Woods, clocked a time of 27.45 in the 200 at the Washington University Invitational.

Scott City's Alex Eichhorn, Stephanie Essner and Melanie Lacey are all a part of the Southeast Missouri University track team that just began their outdoor season. Eichhorn is a freshman thrower while Essner is a sophomore sprinter and Lacey a freshman distance runner.