Rodenfels Records Three More Event Wins, Colonels Place Second at SAA Championships
MT. BERRY, Ga. (CentreColonels.com) – Sophomore Annie Rodenfels (Centerville, Ohio) placed first in three more events on Saturday at the Southern Athletic Association (SAA) Track & Field Championships, as the Centre women's track and field team posted a second-place finish in the event.
Rhodes won the title with 180 points, while the Colonels tallied 167 points over the two-day event, 48.5 points ahead of third-place Berry.
All told, Centre recorded nine first-place finishes, including four on Saturday, with Rodenfels winning the 800-meter, 1500-meter and 5000-meter runs along with senior Caitlin Yockey (Morrow, Ohio) capturing the title in the high jump.
Yockey cleared 1.62 meters to earn the victory, while junior Emily Winkler (Louisville, Ky.) placed third in the event with a mark of 1.57 meters.
Rodenfels crossed the 800-meter finish line in 2:17.69 and posted a time of 4:41.00 in the 1500-meter run to seal the pair of wins. Centre finished 1-2 in the 5000-meter run, as Rodenfels narrowly edged senior teammate Serena Gale-Butto (Muskegon, Mich.), recording a time of 18:20.09 just in front of Gale-Butto's 18:21.56.
This comes after Rodenfels' first-place mark of 11:02.76 in the 3000-meter steeplechase and Gale-Butto winning the 10,000-meter run as the only runner to post a sub-40 minute time of 39:52.66 on Friday.
Gale-Butto added a fifth-place mark in the 1500-meter (4:50.70) and a seventh-place finish in the 800-meter (2:27.80) for the Colonels Saturday.
Junior Aja Leachman (Louisville, Ky.) capped a strong showing at the championship, posting a third-place finish in the discus throw with a heave of 36.89 meters after pacing the hammer throw and placing third in the shot put on Friday.
Freshman Molly O'Dea (Louisville, Ky.) also contributed a third-place mark for Centre in the triple jump at 11.06 meters. Senior Anastasia Lyon (Lexington, Ky.) finished seventh in the event with a mark of 10.30 meters.