CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The College of Charleston indoor track campaign got off to one of its best starts in school history Saturday at the Art and Linda Maillet Open, with two school records toppling and a medley of Top 10 all-time performances etching themselves into the history books.
“This is by far the best opening track meet this school has ever seen,” assistant coach Ben Yocum said. “The focus on the process through the fall is now coming to fruition and the results are speaking for themselves. The overall competitiveness of the team has definitely intensified.”
Senior RoShani Glover won the triple jump outright with a distance of 12.10m, beating out the next-best jump by 69cm. Her effort not only set an ECAC qualifying mark, but broke the six-year-old CofC indoor record in the event previously held by Jelain McArthur (11.93m).
Elsewhere in the jumps, junior high-jumper Julissa Tindall set an ECAC qualifying mark of her own at 1.72m, which handily won the event by 11cm. Sophomore Sarah Lynch rounded out the jumps with a sixth place finish in the long jump, hitting a distance of 5.22m to become the eighth-best long-jumper in CofC indoor history.
The Cougars made a particularly big splash in the sprints and hurdles, perhaps none more so than freshman Kennay Agnew, who broke the CofC indoor record in the 60m dash in her first-ever collegiate meet. Finishing with a time of 7.93 seconds in the preliminaries to finish 12th, she surpassed sophomore teammate Timesha Moody’s former record-time of 7.95 seconds set last year.
In the 60m hurdles, Alexia Neal and Jenny Martin ensconced their names into the CofC all-time lists finishing fifth (9.11) and tenth (9.34) to become the third and fifth fastest in school history. Freshman Jordan Gravelle finished the 400m in third place (1:00.18) to become the third-fastest in school-history, while Deanna King and Catherine Shanley finished seventh (26.30) and 18th (27.00) in the 200m to become the third and tenth fastest in school history respectively.
In the distance events, junior Cara Butcher and freshman Ellen Feringa picked up right where they left off from the cross country season as they each raced in the 5000m. Cara Butcher won the event outright and shaved 13 seconds off her PR with a personal best time of 17:39.10, while Feringa finished right behind her in second (18:14.82) to become the sixth-fastest in CofC history. Sophomore Marissa Small-Towns also found success in the 800m, finishing second overall with a time of 2:22.60 to become the fifth-fastest in CofC history.
Rounding things out in the throws, freshman Courtney Brooks finished tenth with a lob of 13.00m, making her the fifth-most prolific weight thrower in CofC history.
The Cougars will take the next two weeks to enjoy their success and continue to improve before their next competition. That will come in the form of a trip to Clemson, where CofC will take part in the Bob Pollock Invitational on Jan. 29.
ECAC Qualifying Marks Julissa Tindall – High Jump (1.72m) RoShani Glover – Triple Jump (12.10m)