KINGSVILLE, Texas — Seven years into its existence, the Franklin Pierce women’s track and field team produced its first national champion.

Senior CeCe Telfer wrapped up her illustrious career Saturday with a first-place finish in the 400-meter hurdles at the NCAA Championships, hosted by Texas A&M-Kingsville, at Javelina Stadium. After turning in the best time in Thursday’s preliminary race, she posted the fastest time of her collegiate career in the finals at 57.53 seconds to earn her title.

“It was tough conditions out here with the wind and the heat over the last three days but, as she has over the last six months, CeCe proved herself to be tough enough to handle it,” Franklin Pierce Coach Zach Emerson said. “Today was a microcosm of her entire season; she was not going to let anything slow her down. I’ve never met anybody as strong as her mentally in my entire life.”

Telfer became the first student-athlete in Franklin Pierce history to win an individual national title. It marks the seventh national championship in the history of the university, with the others coming on the soccer field. The men’s soccer team won a title in 2007, while the women’s team won in 1994-97 and in 1999.

Earlier in the day, Telfer also earned All-America First Team honors in the 100 hurdles, finishing fifth at 13.56 seconds. She came in just a half-second behind the winner, Pittsburg State’s Courtney Nelson.

— Sentinel Staff