RALEIGH, N.C. – The College of Charleston track & field team sent a pair of junior distance runners up to NC State’s Raleigh Relays, and cultivated phenomenal results from them both.
Carlee Cassidy rewrote school history in the steeplechase, breaking her own school record by over five seconds with a time of 10:32.95. The native of Ontario, Canada took seventh overall, and her school record-time now stands nearly ten seconds ahead of second place.
Later in the evening, it was Cara Butcher’s turn in the 5000m run. Butcher took fourth in her flight and 22nd overall in the event, becoming just the second runner in CofC history to crack the 17-minute plateau in the event with a time of 16:55.50. Her time was nearly a full second faster than her second-best mark she set during the indoor season at the beginning of the month.
Agnew Captures Fourth School Record on Day One in Jacksonville
JACKSONVILLE, FLA. – As has become the norm for the College of Charleston track & field team this season, it was the sprints that highlighted the opening day of the UNF Spring Break Invitational for the Cougars.
Kennay Agnew tallied a fourth school-record to her dazzling freshman campaign, adding the outdoor 200m dash to her indoor 60m, indoor 200m and outdoor 4x100m records. Agnew became the first in school-history to crack the 25-second mark in the event as she crossed the finish-line 13th overall with a time of 24.90. The effort displaced Arielle Hatcher’s seven-year old mark of 25.00, set back in April of 2009.
Fellow sprinter Deanna King had an excellent day in her own right, chopping three tenths of a second off of her PR in the 200m with a time of 25.26, the third-fastest in CofC History. King also managed a time of 12.54 in the 100m dash to become fourth-fastest in school-history, out-performing Agnew by .06 seconds. In the 400m, Jordan Gravelle got her name on the Top 10 list by way of her 22nd place time of 59.76 seconds.
Julisa Tindall captured first place in the high jump with a height of 1.73m. RoShani Glover had a pair of Top 10 finishes in the horizontal jumps, taking seventh in the triple jump (11.96m) and fourth in the long jump (5.66m), the latter of which eclipsed her previous personal best by 4cm.
The distance events saw a pair of two meaningful PRs from Marissa Small-Towns and Tori Churchill. After much-trying this outdoor season, Small-Towns finally broke through in the 800m run with a personal-best performance of 2:15.97 seconds to advance her to third on the all-time list. Churchill meanwhile narrowly achieved a PR in the 5000m run with a time of 18:22.76 to finish sixth.
Courtney Brooks hit a pair of personal bests, tacking on 4cm to her hammer throw PR with a lob of 43.94m to take seventh, and also throwing 35.86m in the discus to move up to No. 7 on the all-time list. Alexis Wilkins had a big personal best in the hammer as well with a toss of 42.82m, adding 81cm to her career-best.
Jenny Martin grabbed fifth place in the javelin throw with a distance of 37.01m, with fellow freshman Nicole Lane finishing close-behind in seventh with a throw of 36.28m to climb to No. 4 on the all-time list. Former CofC softball catcher Mackenzie Maples made her T&F debut with a tenth-place finish in the event (34.58m), good enough for No. 6 on the all-time list.
Rounding things out in the 400m hurdles, Alexia Neal took 12th with a time of 1:04.44, but the real story was freshman Katherine Linn finishing behind her in 16th, jumping from No. 10 to No. 6 with a time of 1:07.04.
The Cougars will have the next week to regroup before resuming competition next weekend at the prestigious Florida Relays in Gainesville. That meet will span both Friday, Apr. 1 and Saturday, Apr. 2.