MOUNT VERNON — When Camanche graduate Libby Schnoor decided to continue her athletic career at Cornell, she had no idea that she would be running track and field.
Adding to that, she had no idea that she would be headed to the NCAA Division III Track & Field Indoor Championships for the second straight year in the pentathlon.
“I originally thought I was only going to play volleyball at Cornell, but soon became bored in the off season and decided to join the track team to just do high jump,” Schnoor said. “Little did I know that within 2-plus years I would be doing much more than just high jump.”
Schnoor qualified for the national meet with a score of 3,392. That performance, which happened last Friday at Waverly, set a new school record for the Rams. It hasn’t been a cake-walk for the senior.
“The path to get to indoor nationals has not been easy, but definitely worth it,” Schnoor said. “I dealt with injuries early in the season, but my coaches and trainers here are amazing.”
Making her second trip, she will go up against 16 other athletes competing in the combined events this Friday, March 9. Five of those are returning all-Americans.
The top eight finishers will gain all-America honors. Cornell has had a women’s individual qualifier for four straight years, and this year Schnoor is their only one making the trip to Birmingham CrossPlex in Alabama.
“The feeling of making it to nationals is great,” Schnoor said. “I’m the only one on the Cornell track team to make it this indoor season so I feel honored to represent a school that I am extremely proud of.”
The events begin this Friday morning in Birmingham, Ala.
“Being a senior makes it worth even more to me,” Schnoor said. “If you would have asked me where I see myself in regards to athletics my senior year of high school, I would have never thought I would be going to track indoor nationals in the pentathlon of all things.”
Friday’s schedule begins with the 60-meter hurdles at 10:20 a.m. (Central time), followed by the high jump (approx. 11:20 a.m.), shot put (1:05 p.m.), long jump (2:35 p.m.) and 800 (4:20 p.m.).
Schnoor placed seventh in the combined events (3,317 points) at NCAA Indoors a year ago. She’ll go up against a stacked field that features defending NCAA champion Kyle Bartlett of Rochester and 2017 NCAA runner-up Reilly Wagner of Misericordia. George Fox’s Annie Wright (fifth) and UW-Stevens Point’s Sylviann Momont (eighth) are also returning all-Americans.
Schnoor qualified sixth with a school-record 3,392 points. UW-Eau Claire’s Sarah Glidden is the favorite with 3,626 points, followed by Williams’ Summer-Solstice Thomas (3,535) and Bartlett (3,510) rounding out the top three seeds.