Rodenfels, Gale-Butto Shatter 5k Record at Rhodes Invite
MEMPHIS (CentreColonels.com) – It was an eventful weekend for the Centre women's track and field team as they competed at the Rhodes Invite against a field comprised of teams from all divisions. Despite the fact that the meet was not scored, the colonels performed well, with multiple personal bests and a fantastic day in the 5k.
The women's 5k was one of the best events for Centre at any women's track meet in program history. Sophomore Annie Rodenfels (Centerville, Ohio) posted a time of 17:22.83 in the event, while senior Serena Gale-Butto (Muskegon, Mich.) finished in 17:25.53. These times mark the two fastest in the Southern Athletic Association while also marking the respective third and fourth fastest times in all of Division III.
Moreover, both times shattered the school record of 17:32 set by two-time cross country All-American Eileen Schilling in 2005. In addition, freshman Margueritte Wheeler (Louisville, Ky.) finished with a seasonal best time of 19:43.
In the high jump, senior Caitlin Yockey (Morrow, Ohio) had an excellent meet, clearing 5-03.00 for a personal best mark. Yockey currently ranks second in the SAA in the high jump and third in the nation.
Freshman Molly O'Dea (Louisville, Ky.) continued her fantastic first year as a collegian, finishing third overall in the triple jump with a mark of 36-08.25 after setting a school record last week at Birmingham Southern. O'Dea is currently ranked third in both the SAA and the country in the triple jump.
Junior Aja Leachman (Louisville, Ky.) cemented herself as one of the top throwers in the SAA with another solid day of events at Rhodes, finishing in the top 15 in both the shot put and discus. Leachman currently ranks fourth in the conference in the shot put, the discus and the hammer throw, with the hammer as her highest nationally ranked event at 25th in the country.
In other throws, freshman Olivia Honaker (Brandenburg, Ky.) recorded a personal best throw in the javelin, covering 100-11. Honaker finished ninth overall in the event and her throw is good enough to rank fifth in the conference.
The Colonels will have a week off before their next meet as they will host the Centre Invitational on Apr. 1.