Emmanuel College Sports Information Department
ALBANY, Ga. -- The Emmanuel College Track and Field team took two athletes to compete at the Albany Marathon on March 1, in hopes of qualifying for the NAIA Outdoor National Championships.
Cana Jacques and Ryan Rosbury both competed tremendously well and stayed strong throughout the entire 26.2 miles. Cana and Ryan, after falling short of qualifying in December at the Kiawah Island Marathon, have been training hard for the past two months to hit the standard to qualify. Both of them stayed relaxed and controlled for the first few miles and began to pick up the pace, closing strong to qualify.
Cana Jacques, a junior and new to the marathon, just recently started training for this event. "Cana has been putting in great work over the last couple of months! She is finished with her first run of the day before the sun comes up most mornings," said Coach Hall. All of her hard work and dedication paid off this weekend when she qualified for NAIA Outdoor National Championships, meeting the A-Standard with a time of 3:32.54, winning her age group.
"As I neared the finish line, I was ecstatic because I knew I was about to qualify as well as cut off 32 minutes off of my first Marathon in December," said Cana. "This marathon was a great experience for me in so many different ways, and I turn all praise back to God!"
Lindsey Toole, who was there to support, had this to say about Cana's race, "Throughout the marathon, Cana ran and looked very strong. I couldn't be more proud and happy for her, all the glory to God!"
Ryan Rosbury, also a junior, has been training and working towards this goal for two years. Ryan qualified hitting the B-Standard with a time of 2:48.38. "Ryan came up just a little short in December, but he came back with renewed fight and perseverance this time. He's been training really well, and despite some aches and pains, Ryan worked his way up from probably 30th place around mile 10 to finish fourth overall and win his age group! I'm so proud of both Ryan and Cana and couldn't ask for a better start to outdoor track," praised Coach Hall!