Women's Indoor Track & Field Opens With Strong Meet At Winston-Salem State Open

Women's Indoor Track & Field Opens With Strong Meet At Winston-Salem State Open

The Belmont Abbey College Women's Track Team opened their season at the Winston-Salem State University Open meet held had the JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem this past week.  17 schools were represented at the meet with schools from Kentucky, Maryland, and Georgia in attendance.

Lucy Schmitz led the way for the team when she won the Mile Run with a time of 5:27.37, she was also followed by team mate Ally Craven in the event, who placed 4th with a time of 5:52.56.  Bri Crisci earned an 8th place finish in the 800m with a time of 2:29.88.

Crisci teamed up with Saralee Martelly, Leondra Pridgen, and Lauren Smith to finish 9th in the 4 x 400m Relay with a time of 4:25.15, which was less than 1 second off of the indoor school record.

Head Coach Mike De Witt commented on the team's first meet of the season:  "The goal of this meet was to race and compete smart and strong.  The group did a great job of accomplishing that goal!  The marks were reasonable for a first meet across the team.  The skill events looked a little rusty, as it is hard to get technical coaching accomplished with the team across the country during the Christmas Break.  We should be ready to compete for school records in the next few weeks."

The team will be back in action twice this week, competing at the University of South Carolina in Columbia with a small group and on Saturday at UNC-Chapel Hill with another portion of the team competing.  The next full team meet will be on Friday and Saturday January 31st and February 1st at the Hilton Garden Invitational held in Winston-Salem.