ELON, N.C. – The College of Charleston women’s track and field team picked up 12 team points during the first day of competition in the CAA Championships, putting them in seventh place headed into the day two.
Junior Cara Butcher was the single-largest earner of points for the Cougars, picking up five thanks to a stellar showing in the 5000m run. Butcher ran a personal best time of 16:53.44, which was good enough for fourth overall. She’ll have a quick turnaround ahead of her, with the 3000m steeplechase looming Saturday.
Mackenzie Maples and the javelin crew on the whole picked up the remainder of the Cougars points with a strong group-showing. Maples took fifth overall with a personal best throw of 36.70m, raising her to No. 4 on the CofC all-time list, and more importantly, claiming four points for the College. Freshman Nicole Lane (35.85m) and senior Ciera Holston (35.72m) claimed seventh and eighth respectively to give CofC three more points. Holston concludes her collegiate career having scored points for the Cougars in two consecutive CAA Championships.
The opening day of the heptathlon yielded promising results for the Cougars as well. Junior Julia Petruch, sophomore Sarah Lynch and freshman Jenny Martin combined for six personal best performances, highlighted by Lynch’s 1.60m leap in the high jump and Martin’s 15.13 second time in the 100m hurdles. Through four events, Lynch enters day two in third (2644 Pts), Martin is in fifth (2556 Pts), and Petruch is in scoring position as well in seventh (2501 Pts).
Though they didn’t score points for the College, two other individual performances were remarkable. Timesha Moody shaved a tenth of a second off of her 100m PR with a time of 12.41, just 0.02 seconds shy of the CofC school record. Additionally, Tori Churchill submitted the final Cougar performance of the day with her first-ever 10000m race. With a time of 38:33.82, the sophomore debuts at No. 4 on the CofC all-time list.
The Cougars resume competition on Saturday. CofC will look forward to taking part in the triple jump, high jump, discus, the relays and steeplechase, in addition to the conclusion of the heptathlon. The first event will be the long jump portion of the heptathlon, which is slated for 10 a.m.