On Campus: Cockerille making the most of last season

Taylor Cockerille (Strasburg ’12) is making the most of her final season of track and field at Mary Washington University.

Cockerille competed at the Liberty University Invitational on Wednesday in Lynchburg and had some strong performances. She placed second in the women’s shot put with a throw of 41-02.5. Cockerille also placed sixth in the discus with a throw of 128-04.

On April 22 and 23, Cockerille won the shot put in the Capital Athletic Conference meet in Frostburg, Maryland. She had a throw of 12.74 meters. She also placed second in the discus with a throw of 130-02.

The Eagles won the meet with 178 points. The NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships will be held on May 26.

Catamount catalyst: Potomac State’s softball team is having a stellar season, and will be playing in the Region XX tournament this weekend. Carly Nixon (Sherando ’15) is playing a big part in the team’s success.

Nixon is second on the team with a .333 (40 for 120) batting average. She leads the team with nine homers.

She also has nine doubles, 29 RBI’s and a team-best 11 stolen bases. Nixon has 47 runs scored and has drawn 16 walks.

Nixon had three homers in two games against Hagerstown Community College in the Region XX Tournament on April 30. Nixon went 2 for 4 with two home runs, two runs scored and four RBIs in a 12-3 victory in the second game. In the first game, Nixon had a solo home run.

In a doubleheader against Frederick Community College on April 24, Nixon went a combined 4 for 8 with a home run, two RBIs and two runs scored.

The Catamounts are 29-7 on the season, including 14-0 at home. They play Frederick Community College today in the Region XX semifinals at Hagerstown Community College at 2 p.m.

Junior jumper: Radford’s Katy Harriman (Warren County ’13) is putting together a solid junior track and field season.

Harriman placed second in the high jump in the Phoenix Invitational held at Elon University on April 23. Harriman cleared 1.65 meters, just behind Elon’s Megan Kirschling (1.70 meters).

Harriman was seventh (1.55 meters) in the Lou Onesty/Milton G. Abramson Invitational on April 9 at the University of Virginia.

She also placed seventh in the high jump with a jump of 1.60 meters in the High Point VertKlasse meet in High Point, North Carolina, on April 1-2.

The Highlanders will compete in the Big South Championships on May 10-12 in Lynchburg.

Contact staff writer Tommy Keeler at 540-465-5137 ext. 168, or tkeeler@nvdaily.com