Craven Top Performer For Women's Track & Field At Winthrop Invitational

Ally Craven earned a 4th place finish in the first seeded section of the 1500 and an overall finish of 14th out of 30 competitors at the Winthrop Eagles Invitational held Friday and Saturday at the Irwin Belk Track Complex in Rock Hill, SC.

There was a total of 24 colleges represented at the event, including 12 Division I schools from 8 states and more than 900 athletes entered.

Craven completed the 1500m Run in a time of 5:14.62, just two seconds off of her career best.

Strong performances were also turned in by Leondra Pridgen, who competed in the two-day, seven event Heptathlon for the second weekend in a row.  She placed 9th in the 12 athlete field and finished with a total of 3361 points just off of her school record performance of 3393 set last weekend at UNCC.  She did earn a career best mark in the 200m Dash where she placed 3rd in the event with a time of 27.50.

Saralee Martelly tied for 8th in the High Jump with a clearance of 1.50m (4-11) in a field of 17 jumpers, as well as placing 10th in the Triple Jump with a mark of 10.63m (34-10.5).  She clocked a 100m Hurdle time of 16.09 in the Prelims of the event, good for a 26th place finish out of the 37 entrants.

The 4 x 400m Relay Team placed 11th with a time of 4:23.30 and was comprised of Bri Crisci, Leondra Pridgen, Gillian Brown, and Marilynn Guevara.

Coach Mike De Witt commented on the efforts of the Women's Team:  "The rainy weather did have an effect on the final times and marks in this meet, but our group did a great job of competing well, as most everyone was very much in range of their best marks ever.  We have been doing an excellent job in the segment of training we are in and with the better weather ahead and some good meets, we will be set to add to a nice list of School Records we have set this year."

Next weekend the team heads to High Point for the VeltKlasse Invitational that will be held Friday and Saturday.