The Lions took to the track for the last time before nationals at the Mountain Laurel Invite in Sewanee, TN. "This meet was a good opportunity for us to have one more shot at qualifying a more individuals, as well as setting our marks further or faster in events we've already qualified in." We're very happy about the individuals who bested their top marks for the season and also hit national qualifying times at this last chance meet before NCCAA Nationals!" Said Coach Hall.
Samantha Cortese continued her winning streak with victories in both the shotput and the discus. She started the day with a new personal best in the discus and throwing several meters further than the rest of the competition. Jazmin Konnick lowered her time for the 800 meter run, placing second overall in 2:20.20. Lindsey Toole also ran a personal best in the 1500, running nearly five seconds faster than last week, finishing in 5:15.40. Emily Oliver represented the team well in the pole vault, clearing 2.45 meters (8 feet, half-inch), placing third. Neely Hallman also continues to improve in the 400 meter hurdles and ran almost a second faster than last week in a time of 1:14.38. Continuing off of the momentum she had last week, Kiara Hernandez set two new personal bests, one in the 1500 meter run, 5:36.36, and the other in the 3,000 meter run, 12:22.44.
The Lions, between the men and women, now have over ten athletes, with representation in every event from the 200 meters and above, who have hit an NCCAA National Qualifying mark, in addition to qualifiers in the shotput and discus. They will take these qualifiers and shoot for All-American and National Championship performances in two weeks at Shorter University, the hosts of the 2015 NCCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships!