Luke Rinne, Director of Athletic Communications
KINGSVILLE, Texas – Lewis University’s Cierra Pulliam (Plainfield, Ill./Romeoville) and Lane Kadlec (Lockport, Ill./Lockport) capped their track and field careers at Lewis on Saturday at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Javelina Stadium in Kingsville, Texas. Pulliam finished third in the triple jump while Kadlec finished 10th in the shot put.
Pulliam, jumping third in the first flight, jumped 12.52 meters (41’1″) in her first jump and was in third after the first round of jumps. She moved into first with a leap of 12.82 meters (42’0.75″) in her second jump. In Pulliam’s final jump in the opening round she jumped 11.05 meters (36’3″).
She remained in first place until Annie Topal from New Mexico Highland jumped 13.02 meters (42’8.75″) in her first jump of the competition which moved Pulliam down to second. In her attempt in the finals she was called for a foul but rebounded jumping 12.83 meters (42’1.25″) in her second attempt in the finals. Pulliam had one more attempt to surpass Topal but her final jump was 11.86 meters (38’11”). She had to settle for third as West Texas A&M’s Fatim Affessi moved into second on her final jump with a jump of 13.02 meters (42’8.75″).
Pulliam picked up her third All-American honor of the year after earning Indoor All-American honors in the long and triple jumps. She finishes her career as an eight-time All-American between indoor and outdoor.
Kadlec, competing ninth in the second flight, opened the competition with a heave of 14.77 meters (48’5.5″) and was in sixth place after the opening round. She dropped to ninth after fouling in her second attempt. In her final attempt she tossed it 14.75 meters (48’4.75″) to finish 10th overall. The top nine scores advanced to the final round.
Lewis finishes the championships tied for 17th place with 14 points.