Belles on fast track to success

Team wins multiple first place finishes

By Robyn Simkins
On March 23, 2017

Over Spring Break, ASU’s track and field competed in the Spring Break Multi Meet.

The event took place in San Angelo on March 15 and 16 before students headed out to Kingsville, Texas to participate in the Cactus Cup on Saturday, March 18.

ASU conquered the meet with five national qualifying marks out of the seven required events of the heptathlon.

Kami Norton and Adrine Monagi provided the two automatic qualifying marks while Ashley Dendy, Jordan Nash and Morgan Rodgers added three provisional marks.

Kami Norton, junior, scored first place in the 100 meter hurdles, high jump, long jump and 800 meters section of the heptathlon.

Along with scoring first place overall in the meet, Norton qualified for nationals and scored the 10th best score in Angelo State history with 5,409 points.

She has the best score in Division II this season and will return to the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships for the second straight year.

"Winning here was really the icing on the cake for me," Norton said. "I can’t wait to get to Nationals."

Fellow Rambelle senior Adrine Monogi received second place in the multi-meet, but is now third in Division II.

She placed second in the long jump, first in the javelin throw while beating her personal best and crushed first place in the 200-meter dash.

Monagi also qualified for Nationals with these athletic accomplishments.

"I pushed myself really hard in the 200 meter," Monagi said. "Now I’m just excited to get to Nationals with Kami."

Head Track and Field Coach Tom Dibbern is a former ASU student-athlete and gained the head coach position in 2016.

He was a two-time National Assistant Coach of the Year, he has coached a US Olympic Trial qualifier, 8 USATF national championship competitors, a pair of NCAA Division II National Athletes of the Year (including a national record holder), three individual national champions and over 40 All-Americans.

Dibbern has also coached five USATF National Team Members, the Mexican National Record Holder in the Heptathlon, and also served on the Mexican National Team Coaching Delegation as the heptathlon coach for the 2013 international competitions.

"I think this just shows how great of a place it really is that our girls love to compete here," Dibbern said. "I don’t think we could have asked for anything better than two autos and three provos."

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