Women's Outdoor Track & Field Season Starts With School Records

The Belmont Abbey College Women's Track Team began the Outdoor Track Season where it left off at the end of the Indoor Season, breaking 2 school records and establishing one new mark.  During the Indoor Season the team broke a total of 13 school Records.

Saralee Martelly broke her own school record in the 100m Hurdles with a time of 15.95 at UNC Charlotte on Friday afternoon (her previous mark was set last spring at 16.28) and then came back on Saturday to be a part of the 4 x 100m Relay Team along with Leondra Pridgen, Lauren Smith, and Bri Crisci that competed at Lenoir Rhyne to break the mark set last year at the Conference Outdoor Meet with a time of :51.04 breaking the old time was 51.26.

One other mark was established this weekend as Leondra Pridgen was the first Crusader to complete a Heptathlon and earned a score of 3346 points in the 7 event competition that is held over two days, she finished 12th of 18 athletes at UNC Charlotte.  The 1st day events include the 100m Hurdles (16.66), Shot Put (26' 9"), High Jump (4' 6"), and 200m Dash (28.76) and the 2nd day events are the Long Jump (14' 11.75") , Javelin (96' 4"), and 800m Run (2:56.74).  A point total is given for each outcome.  Pridgen also competed in the Javelin on Saturday at Lenoir Rhyne, were she placed 4th in the event with a throw of 89' 10" (27.38m).

The weekend included two meets, with a group of women competing at UNC Charlotte on Friday and then the full roster competing on Saturday at Lenoir Rhyne.

The top performances beyond the school records included Ally Craven winning the 5000m Run on Saturday with a time of 19:07.70.  The 4 x 400m Relay team of Martelly, Smith, Crisci, and Gillian Brown placed 4th with a time of 4:15.61.

Coach Mike De Witt commented on the start of the Outdoor Season Performances:  "It was great to start the outdoor season with a strong showing across the team.  We knew we would be somewhat 'rusty', since this was our first competition in a month, our last meet being the Conference Indoor Championship on February 23rd.  The team did an excellent job of training consistent over the spring break along with the long meet layoff.  We will be looking for the group to continue the trend we have set with every meet being a stepping stone of progress."