BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (CentreColonels.com) – Birmingham Southern hosted the outdoor season opener for the Centre women's track and field team, who put on an impressive performance in the Southern Invite, finishing second in a field made up of teams from all divisions.
The Colonels scored 69.5 points to take second place and finished higher than any other Division III team in the field. Only Division I Alabama State finished higher than Centre in the standings.
Freshman Hannah Jazdzewski (Lexington, Ky.) scored the first points of the day for the Colonels, taking eighth place in the 400m with a time of 1:03.42. In the 800m, sophomore Annie Rodenfels (Centerville, Ohio), who broke three Centre indoor records in 2017, placed third with a time of 2:21.42. She also finished third in the 1500m, crossing the finish line in 4:48.12.
The women's 5k marked the senior season track debut for Serena Gale-Butto (Muskegon, Mich.), and the cross country All-American did not disappoint, winning the race in 17:49.53, nearly 30 seconds ahead of second place.
Another win for Centre came courtesy of the 4x400 relay squad, who posted a time of 4:25.03 to finish five seconds ahead of second place Albion. The 4x100 relay team for the Colonels also made it into the scoring column, taking eighth place with a time of 54.68.
The long jump was an excellent event for the Colonels as senior Anastasia Lyon (Lexington, Ky.) finished second after going 15-07.00, while freshman Molly O'Dea (Louisville, Ky.) finishing in third with a jump of 15-02.75. O'Dea then followed that up with a program-record triple jump of 37-01.75 for a second place finish.
In throwing events, junior Aja Leachman (Louisville, Ky.) placed second overall in the hammer after her throw of 39.66 meters.
The Colonels will head to Memphis for their next meet as the outdoor season keeps rolling with the Rhodes Invite on Mar. 17-18.