Glover, Elaine Johnson Push SHU Women's Auto Number to Eight

HILLSDALE, Mich. -- Kalen Glover and Elaine Johnson officially qualified for Nationals as the Siena Heights women's track and field team combined for three auto performances and three provisionals at the Hillsdale Winter Opener on Saturday.

Glover placed second in the 60 hurdles with a time of 8.90 seconds. She had previously hit a provisional mark, but improved upon the previous time by .24 seconds.

Pole vaulter Elaine Johnson also jumped from provisional status to auto. She took third place with a height of 11-7 3/4 (3.55m) -- an improvement of 4 3/4 inches over her previous mark.

Individual wins were earned by throwers Kasey Renshaw and Taylor Byron. Renshaw matched her previous auto distance in the weight throw with a toss of 56 feet, 3 1/4 inches (17.15 meters). Byron, who already has an auto in the shot put, fired a provisional distance of 42-8 1/4 (13.01m) to win the shot.

Brianna Nordby followed Renshaw in the weight throw with a provisional mark of 53-0 (16.15m). She has already hit an auto.

The 4x400 relay team had a provisional time itself, although it did not improve on its earlier provo. The team of Brianna Peckel, Chelsea Ellerholz, Mariah Ridal and Arika Knannlein combined on a time of 4:03.63.

Peckel was also runner-up in the 400 with a time of 1:00.64.

Marissa Johnson added a third-place finish in the high jump, clearing 5-3 1/4 (1.61m). She originally tied for second, but dropped placement on a tiebreaker.

Lucia Alfaro was third in the 5,000 with a 21:21.81 and Kierra Johnson took third in the 60 in 8.04 seconds.

In total, the Saints have eight auto qualifiers and two provisionals in 2013-14.