Women’s track competes at Fred Wilt Invite
ANDERSON, Ind. – The Centre women's track and field team had its last official meet of the indoor season as the Colonels competed at the Fred Wilt Memorial Invitational at Anderson University. Competing with a partial squad, the meet was a non-scored event, but Centre still put on several noteworthy performances.
In the throwing events, senior Aja Leachman (Louisville, Ky.) put up a pair of third place finishes, posting throws of 14.48 meters in the weight and 11.10 meters in the shot put. Sophomore Ashley Lewis (Decatur, Ga.) finished fifth in the weight throw with a mark of 13.54 meters.
Sophomore Molly O'Dea (Louisville, Ky.) began her meet with a third place finish in the long jump, clearing 4.66 meters to finish in third place. O'Dea did even better in her signature event, the triple jump, winning the event with a mark of 10.96 meters.
In the high jump, senior Emily Winkler (Louisville, Ky.) found herself in a three-way tie for first place, picking up another event win for the Colonels by clearing 1.55 meters.
The Colonels also had a strong day in relays. The 4x200m relay squad of freshmen Claire Ansman (Goshen, Ky.) and Naomi Ferrell (Mill Valley, Calif.) and sophomores Erin Cunningham (Cecilia, Ky.) and Hannah Jazdzewski (Lexington, Ky.) placed second with a time of 1:57.67. The same foursome later competed in the 4x400m relay and picked up the win with a time of 4:46.32. Cunningham also picked up an individual win for the Colonels, taking first in the 60m hurdles with a time of 10.59. Ferrell finished 0.02 seconds behind Cunningham in the 60m hurdles with a second place time of 10.61 and later finished fourth in the 400m with a time of 1:08.77, while Ansman also had a strong finish in an individual event, placing sixth in the 60m with a time of 8.59.
In the 5k, freshmen Hallie Searcy (Louisville, Ky.), Emma Stowe (Huntsville, Ala.) and Amelia Lorrey (Kittery Point, Maine) and sophomore Olivia Honaker (Brandenburg, Ky.) represented four of the top ten times in the event, with Searcy's time of 19:03.13 pacing the Colonels, good for fourth place overall.
Next up for the Colonels will be the Last Chance Meets across the country as Centre will look to shore up individual marks in the hopes of qualifying for the NCAA Indoor Championships.