WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The College of Charleston track & field team closed out their indoor regular season in emphatic fashion Saturday, as two sprint records were usurped amidst a medley of PRs at the UCS Invitational.
For the third and fourth times this season, freshman sensation Kennay Agnew set CofC records in both the 60m and 200m. Agnew started the day by shaving five hundredths of a second off Deanna King’s school record with a time of 7.87, which was good for 15th overall in the race.
King, whose young record was broken, tried to fire back at Agnew in the 200m dash and almost succeeded. The sophomore ran a 25.90 to finish 13th, which was a record-setting time…except for the fact that Agnew finished right in front of her in 11th with a time of 25.87, which broke her own record-mark by a tenth of a second.
Elsewhere in the sprints, Alexia Neal and Rachel Leder just barely missed out on the finals in the 60m hurdles, taking ninth and tenth and each clocking times of 9.13. Jordan Gravelle meanwhile hit a personal best (59.61) in the 400m dash, finishing 17th. The 4x400m relay team rounded things out in the short distance events with a third place finish (4:08.26).
The Cougars made waves in the weight throw, with Alexis Wilkins and Courtney Brooks both hitting PRs with distances of 15.01m and 13.56m respectively. Wilkins took 60cm off her previous best throw, and rose ahead of Tiffany Sisk into No. 2 in school-history. The junior became the first student-athlete at CofC to eclipse the 15m mark since record-holder Chakosha Lance did it a decade ago.
Julisa Tindall once again won the high jump with a height of 1.70m, while senior RoShani Glover took second and fifth overall in the triple jump (11.63m) and long jump (5.32m) respectively.
In the distance events, Ellen Feringa pulled off a personal best time of 18:13.46 in the 5000m to finish second overall. Carlee Cassidy also managed a PR of her own, running 10:08.71 in the 3000m to claim sixth. The real story though was Cara Butcher’s effort in the mile, as the junior took over 11 and a half seconds off her best time to finish in sixth (5:05.81). That vaulted her from ninth all the way up to third-fastest in CofC-history.
With the UCS Invitational in the books, the indoor regular season draws to an end for the Cougars. For those good enough to qualify for the postseason (Butcher, Glover and Tindall), they will prepare for a trip to Boston where they will compete at the ECAC Indoor Championships on March 4 through March 6.
The rest of the team will instead shift their focus to the outdoor campaign, for which the College will start the year at the UNCW Invitational. That meet kicks off on March 11.
ECAC Qualifying Marks Cara Butcher – 5000m (17:24.56) Julisa Tindall – High Jump (1.83m) RoShani Glover – Triple Jump (12.10m)