Centre Women Begin Outdoor Track Season at Rhodes Invite
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (CentreColonels.com) – The Centre women's track and field team began its 2016 outdoor season at the Rhodes Invitational, competing against a field comprised of teams across all divisions. Although the event was not scored and the weather was not ideal for peak track and field, the Colonels made their presence felt on the Southern Athletic Association performance list while also turning in some personal bests.
The first two personal bests for the Colonels came in the women's 5k, an event that saw junior Serena Gale-Butto (Muskegon, Mich.) finish fourth overall, but first among Division III participants with a time of 17:36. Gale-Butto's time was a personal best, ranks first in the SAA in the event and was four seconds shy of breaking Eileen Schilling's school record.
In the same event, freshman Annie Rodenfels (Waynesville, Ohio) posted a time of 19:07, a personal best by over 40 seconds, and a time that currently ranks sixth in the conference.
Sophomore Emily Winkler (Louisville, Ky.) had another excellent meet in the high jump. Her clear of 5-00.25 finished third overall behind a pair of jumpers from D-I Central Arkansas, and it currently sits at the top of the SAA performance list in the event.
In the long jump, senior Cammie Jo Bolin recorded a jump of 16-04.25, currently ranking second in the conference. Right behind Bolin at third in the SAA was junior Anastasia Lyon (Lexington, Ky.), who jumped 15-08.75.
Sophomore Aja Leachman (Louisville, Ky.) had an excellent meet in the throwing events. Leachman recorded a personal best throw of 132-03.00 in the hammer, good enough for a personal best and currently second place overall in the conference. Leachman also had a throw of 107-09.00 in the discus to rank third in the SAA after today.
The Colonels will have the next week off, but will resume their schedule on Apr. 2 as they host the 50th annual Centre Invitational.