CONWAY, S.C. - Both relays had strong outings for the College of Charleston track and field team, which concluded the third and final day of competition at the Alan Connie Shamrock Invitational.
After a disappointing time in Wilmington last week, the 4x400m relay team found great success in Conway. With a lineup of Deanna King, Kennay Agnew, Rachel Leder and Jordan Gravelle, the Cougars took 14th overall with a time of 3:54.17, the second-fastest mark in school history. King and Agnew both reprised their role on the 4x100m relay team as well, which finished 12th (47.64) and came within three 100ths of a second of breaking its own school record set last week in Wilmington.
Even with the two significant relay accomplishments, Agnew and King had one more trick up their sleeve, the 200m dash. Agnew took 30th with a time of 25.48 and King was just behind her with a time of 25.56. The freshman's time debut's her at No. 3 on the all-time list, while King's time shaved two tenths of a second off of her PR, vaulting her up two spots to No. 6.
“Our 4x400m team really stepped up this week,” head coach Amy Seago said. “Kennay had a great meet in a lot of different events, and I'm really proud of Rachel coming off the hurdles to help us the way she did. The 4x100m is also exciting, because that group's ceiling is a lot higher. Once they get some of their techniques ironed out, they'll be a force to be reckoned with.”
As per usual, the distance events were an area where the Cougars excelled. Carlee Cassidy matched the best finish of any Cougar on the day, grabbing second place in the 3000m with a time of 9:56.53. Cara Butcher meanwhile took eighth in the mile with a time of 5:06.47, the best time in the event for the Cougars this season. Marissa Small-Towns achieved a 22nd place finish in the 800m with a time of 2:18.51, just over a second off her PR pace. Crew Kosiorek even made a cameo from the men's cross country team, breaking the school-record in the 3000m with a time of 8:42.59.
In the hurdles, Alexia Neal finished 19th with a time of 1:03.90. Freshman Brianna Lewis also ran a solid race, achieving a personal best time of 1:08.05.
In the jumps, Julisa Tindall had a big day, but not in the high jump as one might expect. The junior joined Cassidy with a second-place finish of her own, doing so in the long jump with a length of 5.45m, which she accomplished on her final attempt. That effort matched her PR, which was set last year. RoShani Glover on the other hand did well in an event for which she is very well known, capturing ninth place in the triple jump with a leap of 11.87m.
Rounding things out, Alex Coyle managed a 17th-place throw of 38.09m in the discus. Freshman Courtney Brooks added a modest 11cm to her personal best in the event, throwing for 35.31m.
“Overall it was a good weekend...we had some ups and downs, but we definitely finished on a high note,” Seago said.
The Cougars will be back in action again next weekend, when they will split the crew into two groups for two venues, the UNF Spring Break Invitational and Raleigh Relays. Both meets will begin on Friday, and run through Saturday.