Four All-Americans

Centre Women Take Third Place at SAA Track Championships

Centre Women Take Third Place at SAA Track Championships

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ( – The Centre women's track and field team wrapped up competition today at the 2016 Southern Athletic Association Championship Meet. The Colonels finished in third place overall with several more performances worthy of all-conference recognition.

The Colonels finished this season's SAA Championships with 108 points to finish in third behind Rhodes and Birmingham Southern. Berry finished fourth, followed by Hendrix.

The first event win of the day for the Colonels came in the high jump, where sophomore Emily Winkler (Louisville, Ky.) took first place by clearing 5-01.75. In other jumping events, junior Brandy Orth Becker (New Albany, Ind.) got the Colonels into the scoring column with a fourth place finish in the triple jump.

Junior Serena Gale-Butto (Muskegon, Mich.) provided Centre's other event win of the day and all-SAA performance with an outstanding 5k run. Gale-Butto crossed the finish line in 17:58.97 for first place, while freshman Annie Rodenfels (Waynesville, Ohio) took fourth place in the event with a time of 18:40.66. Gale-Butto also posted a scoring time for the Colonels in the 1500m with an eighth place finish.

In hurdling events, freshman Bailey Phillips (Russell Springs, Ky.) took fourth place in both the 100m and 400m events and was joined in the scoring column by senior Mikayla Paolini (Happy Valley, Pa.), who finished sixth in the 100m hurdles.

Junior Anastasia Lyon scored for the Colonels in both of her sprint races, finishing eighth in both the 100m and 400m. Centre's 4x100 relay and 4x400 relay squads each finished sixth in their respective events.

In the throwing events, sophomore Aja Leachman (Louisville, Ky.) picked up her second fourth place finish of the meet, this time in the discus with a throw of 32.94 meters.

The next meet for the Centre track teams will be a last chance meet at the University of Kentucky, where individuals will look to bolster their personal bests in the hopes of earning an NCAA berth.


Serena Gale-Butto – 5k (First Team)
Emily Winkler – High Jump (First Team)