Amanda Demko, a freshman at The College of New Jersey from Shawnee, earned All-America honors Saturday at the NCAA Division 3 National Track Championships as part of TCNJ’s 1,600-meter relay team.
Demko ran a 56.59 second leg for the Lions, who placed fifth in 3:49.76 at Irwin Belk Stadium on the North Carolina A&T campus in Greensboro, N.C.
Sophomore Megan Gasnick (Park Ridge) led off with a 58.66, sophomore Allison Uhl (Park Ridge) ran the third leg in 58.56 and Samantha Gorman (Scotch Plains-Fanwood) anchored in 55.94.
The Lions barely got through in Thursday’s 4-by-4 trials, running 3:48.87 and securing the eighth and final qualifying spot by 18-100ths of a second over Washington University of St. Louis. Demko ran the third leg on Thursday and split 57.01.
TCNJ went into the meet as the No. 5 seed based on its 3:47.51, which they ran at the AARTFC Outdoor Championships in Rochester two weeks ago. That’s No. 5 in school history and fastest in 13 years.
This is the first TCNJ 4-by-400 team to place at nationals since 2015, when the team of Katelyn Ary, Michelle Cascio, Kristen Randolph and Joy Spriggs took seventh, and it’s the best finish by a TCNJ 4-by-4 since 2008, when when Jessica Bonelli, Jianna Spadaccini, Meryl Wimberley, Stephanie Herrick ran 3:46.44 for fourth place.
Demko missed her senior year of outdoor track at Shawnee because of the shutdown, but she ran 58.54 indoors in March of 2020 placing 10th at the Meet of Champions. That made her Shawnee’s fastest quarter-miler since Annie Johnson, who ran 56.42 back in 2011. Johnson was the 2012 Meet of Champions winner in the 100 and 200.
Here’s a list of https://s3.amazonaws.com/sidearm.sites/tcnjathletics.com/documents/2019/5/28/Track_All_Americans.pdf. Good luck trying to decipher it. It’s a mess. Would be nice to have times, heights and distances also. This is track. Times, heights and distances are somewhat important.