After a brief stay at Towson, Elisia Lancaster has resurfaced at Southern Illinois and has taken her track career to another level.
Lancaster, a Delsea graduate, began her collegiate career at Indiana State but it appears she never competed for the Sycamores.
She returned to South Jersey and was a six-time JUCO national champion in the discus, hammer and shot put competing for Rowan College-Gloucester County. The school’s web site doesn’t list any school records, but it looks like her best marks while at Rowan-GC were 182-2 in the hammer, 43-5 1/4 in the shot and 126-4 in the discus.
Lancaster spent the 2020 winter season at Towson and threw 41-4 in the shot and 64-9 in the weight throw, which is No. 6 in school history. She never competed outdoors for Towson.
Lancaster re-emerged at Southern Illinois this year and indoors she threw 64-7 3/4 in the weight throw, just off her Towson PR, and placed second in the Missouri Valley Conference Championships in Cedar Falls, Iowa. She even competed in a meet at Indiana State in Terre Haute, where she began her collegiate career four years earlier.
This spring, Lancaster has finally gotten the opportunity to throw the hammer for the first time since the spring of 2019.
That 182-2 PR?
She blew it away in her first meet, throwing 188-0 in a home meet in Carbondale in March, then bombed a 199-0 throw a week later in a meet at Ole Miss in Oxford, Miss. She has since thrown 194-9, 194-8 and 197-10 in her last three meets.
Her 199-0 is No. 9 in school history.
Lancaster’s 199-0 is No. 2 in the Missouri Valley Conference, behind All-America teammate Shauniece O’Neal, who threw 211-2 last month.
Lancaster, a 2016 graduate of Delsea, had PRs of 39-8 in the shot and 124-5 in the discus for the Crusaders. She was a state medalist in the shot and a sectional medalist in the discus.
Southern Illinois has a long tradition as one of the top throwing programs in the country. Among the notable graduates are 2016 Olympic hammer thrower DeAnna Price and NCAA javelin champ Bob Roggy, a graduate of Holmdel High School and the former American record holder in the old javelin.