More records fell this weekend as the College of Charleston track & field program adopted a divide and conquer strategy by competing in two separate meets at once.
“I’m pleased with how we continue to step up our performances and rise to the challenge,” head coach Amy Seago said. “This is a special group who’s capable of doing some big things this year, and I’m excited to see how the rest of the weekend unfolds.”
Bob Pollock Invitational - Clemson, S.C. After breaking the indoor triple jump record to start the season at the Art and Linda Maillet Open, senior RoShani Glover made even more history Friday, breaking the indoor long jump record with a leap of 5.59m. The previous record of 5.53m was set exactly six years ago to the day by Jelain McArthur. Glover’s effort wasn’t quite an ECAC caliber performance, but her previous triple jump record has already punched her ticket to the postseason. Julisa Tindall had a powerful outing in the high jump in her own right, jumping 1.83m. That mark was just 1cm shy of her current school record, but nonetheless bolstered her resume, having already qualified for the ECAC championships two weeks ago.
Deanna King broke a record of her own in the sprints, but the mark wasn’t nearly as old. King set the new standard for the 60m dash at the College with a 7.91 second scamper, breaking teammate Kennay Agnew’s record of 7.93 seconds set just two weeks ago. Freshman Katherine Shanley also made her mark in the event with a time of 8.17 seconds, the sixth fastest in school history.
Agnew avenged the end of her short reign atop the 60m leaderboard with a lightning-fast performance in the 400m dash, crossing the finish line at 59.06, making her the second-fastest 400m runner in CofC indoor history. King and Jordan Gravelle finished behind her with personal best times of 59.69 and 1:00.03 respectively. Elsewhere in the 60m hurdles, Alexia Neal and Rachel Leder both hit PRs with times of 9.04 and 9.06, creeping their way toward the top of the all-time lists.
Cara Butcher hit a PR of her own in the 5000m with a time of 17:24.56, a feat that earns her a trip to Boston for the ECAC Championships, making her the third Cougar to earn their way into the postseason.
Rounding things out in the weight throw, both Lexi Wilkins and Courtney Brooks achieved personal-best performances with distances of 14.41m and 13.23m respectively.
Competition will resume Saturday.
Dennis Dixon Memorial - Lynchburg, Va. While everybody else was competing in Clemson, the trio of Sarah Lynch, Julia Petruch and Jenny Martin traveled north to compete in the pentathlon at the Darius Dixon Memorial Invite in Lynchburg, Va.
In her first collegiate multi-event, Martin turned heads by finishing first among her teammates and sixth overall with a score of 3119 points, making her the fourth-best pentathlete in CofC history. What’s more, Martin shined in individual events as well, cracking the CofC indoor Top 10 in both the long jump (5.08m) and shot put (10.00m).
Also of note, Lynch, who finished seventh with 3025 points, hit a PR in the shot put with a lob of 10.65m, surpassing her previous best by a whopping 82cm. The effort catapults her up the leaderboard to fourth-best in CofC history. Petruch rounded things out with a score of 2956 points, setting personal bests in both the high jump (1.49m) and shot put (9.02m).
ECAC Qualifying Marks Cara Butcher – 5000m (17:24.56) Julissa Tindall – High Jump (1.83m) RoShani Glover – Triple Jump (12.10m)