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Royals runners come up short at nationals

Nikia Squire runs the anchor leg on the women's 4x100-meter relay during the SAC championships.
Nikia Squire runs the anchor leg on the women's 4x100-meter relay during the SAC championships. THESACPHOTOS.COM

For most of Queens University of Charlotte’s outdoor track and field program, the season ended in early May.

But Nikia Squire and Jimmy Hollingsworth continued their training for the biggest meet of the season. Squire and Hollingsworth competed in the NCAA Division II national championships May 21-23 in Allendale, Mich.

Squire, a junior sprinter and jumper, qualified for two events: the 100-meter dash and long jump. She went on to finish 20th in 11.90 seconds after the preliminary heats, and 19th in the long jump with a best jump of 17 feet, 11.5 inches.

Squire’s time and distance were far from her best this season. She had run the 100 in 11.59 seconds, seventh-best in the nation, while her best jump of 19-7 was 15th nationally. At the nationals, however, she had a hamstring problem.

“I pulled my hamstring last year, and I’ve been dealing with that all season,” said Squire, competing in her second Division II outdoor nationals; her first was in 2013.

“Back in April, I did something to my leg, and it made the injury flare up worse,” she said. “The whole time I was at nationals, I wasn’t going to win anything because of my leg. So coach said, ‘Do the best you can without pulling anything.’ I left a lot out there, and I was kinda upset about it.”

“I don’t know what’s worse, going to the nationals and not competing properly, or not going to the nationals at all. It was a good experience, but I hated not being able to do the best I could,” she said.

Hollingsworth, a sophomore distance runner, made the field in the 800 meters; but his time of 1:53.63 – good for 18th in the preliminary heats – was more than three seconds off his best this season, a school-record 1:50.44.

“Overall it was a good experience, but the race didn’t go so well,” Hollingsworth said. “I was slow.… I don’t really like to make excuses, but I was slow.

“You can never really prepare yourself for that kind of a situation, so being in it is the only way you can learn to get over the nerves, and get ready for the level of competition you face. It’s different in that kind of meet than what you get used to compared to a normal meet. Once you get used to it, you can only do better.”

Farkas named All-American

Men’s lacrosse player Evan Farkas recently was named to the U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association’s NCAA Division II All-American and Scholar All-American teams.

Farkas, a senior midfielder, was named to the USILA’s Division II All-American third team. His 67 points (44 goals, 23 assists) were 17th in the nation among Division II schools, and third in the SAC.

Farkas was the fourth Royals player to earn All-American and Scholar All-American honors in the same year, joining Alex Tack in 2007, Hunter Roof in 2010 and Patrick Murphy in 2014.

Malinoski joins field hockey team

The women’s field hockey team, which begins play in fall 2015, has added former Appalachian State starter Laura Malinoski as an assistant coach to Brandi Kist, who headed the Mountaineers’ program for eight seasons.

Malinoski began her collegiate playing career at Ball State, starting in 20 games as a freshman. She transferred to Appalachian State her sophomore year and started in 52 of 57 games played. She was voted team captain her junior and senior years.

“I’m thrilled about the opportunity to help build a field hockey program at a great school such as Queens,” Malinoski said in a prepared release. “I’m very excited to work at a university that has established academic and athletic excellence. I’m privileged to work with my former coach, and I can’t wait to get started.”

Bill Kiser is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Bill? Email him at bkisercltobs@gmail.com.

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