Martelly Sets Three School Marks At Appalachian State Open

Saralee Martelly has been showing a wide range of abilities this Indoor Season, she continued to set and reset school records, this past weekend at the App State Mountaineer Open she rewrote 3 Records.  She improved on her Triple Jump Record, leaping 10.85m (35' 7.25") breaking her old mark of 10.49m set at UNC 2 weeks ago.  She then broke the school record in the 55m Hurdles with a time of 9.03, in the Prelims, and advanced to the finals where she finished 8th with a time of 9.09.  Her previous best was set 3 weeks ago at USC at 9.44.  Her 3rd record was recorded in the High Jump where she cleared 1.52m (4' 11.75'), her previous best was 1.47m set at USC as well.  She placed 3rd in the Triple Jump and 11th in the Long Jump.

Lauren Smith and Leondra Pridgen also contributed to the School Record Book with improved marks from their previous best.  Smith covered the 55m Dash in the Prelims with a time of 7.73, improving on her old mark set at USC this winter, of 7.90.  She finished 17th in the Prelims out of the 29 competitors.   Pridgen improved on her Long Jump Mark to 15' .05", her previous best was 13' 6.5" set last week at Winston-Salem. She placed 14th out of 23 jumpers in the event.

Personal Bests were also turned in by Smith in the High Jump (1.47m) (4'9.5"), Gillian Brown in the Triple Jump (30' 11"), Brien Crisci in the 200m Dash (27.82), and Kaitlin Howard in the 800m (2:51.17).

There was a total of 15 schools represented at the event held at the Holmes Convocation Center Track on the App State Campus.

Coach Mike De Witt commented on the efforts of the BAC Women's Track Team:  "This was a good meet for the combined program, of the 34 individual events we contested there were a total of 18 efforts that either set school records (6), had individual Personal Best of All Time (indoor or outdoor) (5 marks), and 7 more Indoor Personal Best Marks.  That comes out to better than 50% of the efforts were as good as ever for the program!  That is a good tribute to the fine job that the group is doing in training and then transferring that to competing in meets.  We are doing a good job across the events."