Women's Track & Field Captures Relay Title At Conference Carolinas Indoor Championships

Women's Track & Field Captures Relay Title At Conference Carolinas Indoor Championships

The Belmont Abbey College Women's Track Team earned a victory in the Distance Medley Relay at the Conference Carolinas Indoor Championship held Sunday in Winston-Salem.  The Team of Ally Craven, Leondra Pridgen, Bri Crisci, and Lucy Schmitz captured the event in a new Conference Championship Record time of 13:09.65, the previous mark of 13:25.46 set last winter by King.  The win in that event capped a 5th place team finish in the Championships.  The team totaled 47.5 points and improved on last years 7th place finish.

Schmitz and Craven combined to post 26 of those points with their efforts in the Mile Run and 3000m Run after the Distance Medley Championship.  Schmitz placed 2nd in both events and Craven was 4th in the Mile and 3rd in the 3000m.  Schmitz' times were 5:22.69 and 10:56.39.  Cravens' times were 5:27.67, a career best, indoor or outdoors (5:31.12 previous outdoor best) and 11:02.72 and indoor best and only 4 seconds off of her outdoor best.

Saralee Martelly competed and scored in 4 events, earning 4th place finishes in all 4 of those events, and 3 school records as well: Triple Jump (10.80m, 35' 10.5"), the 55m Hurdles in 9.56, which breaks her own school record of 9.62 set last week, the High Jump (1.55m, 5' 1") also breaking her school record of 4' 11.75" set at App State 2 weeks ago) and finally as a member of the 4th place 4 x 400m Relay Team which included, Crisci, Lauren Smith, and Gillian Brown, with a time of 4:16.44, which broke the old mark set last winter at the Conference Championships at 4:18.66.

The other scoring performance came with Crisci's 6th place finish in the 800m Run with a time of 2:28.53.  Along with the scoring efforts several members of the team earned career best, including Kaitlin Howard in the 800m Run with a time of 2:43.97, and improvement of 5 seconds over her previous best and Kat Neill in the 800m as well with a time of 3:00.64, a 17 seconds improvement from her prior best.  Liz Thierfelder opened her season with a 7th place finish in the 400m Dash with a time of 1:03.25 and Gillian Brown also improved on her best effort in the Triple Jump with a mark of 9.49m (31' 1.75")

Mount Olive was the overall Champion in the meet scoring 132 Points, with the runner-up spot going to King with 79.5 points.

All-Conference Honors are awarded to the Top 3 finishers in each event, thus Schmitz earned 3 awards, Craven 2, Crisci and Pridgen one each, claimed Conference Carolinas Awards.

Coach Mike De Witt commented on the teams efforts:  "The team closed out an excellent Indoor Season with a great showing at the Championships.  Winning the Distance Medley early in the meet set up a great energy for the team that lasted all day long right to the school record performance in the 4 x 400 Relay.  As a whole, we compete in 13 of the 16 events during the Indoor Season, the team was able to break 12 of the 13 school records over the past 6 weekends, that shows the great focus and energy that everyone has put together over that time frame and the preparation it has taken in advance of the season to come out and shoot for improvements in all of our team events.  Our group, to the person, is energized and excited to get things accomplished during the week, then puts that work to use with competitive efforts!  We are looking forward to working on the Outdoor School Record book."