Schmitz Races To 5000 Meter Victory On Opening Day Of Camel City Invitational

Schmitz Races To 5000 Meter Victory On Opening Day Of Camel City Invitational

Belmont Abbey senior Lucy Schmitz used a strong final kick to hold off Davidson's Caroline Turner and win the 5000 meters by one second to lead the Crusaders Indoor Track and Field team on the opening day of the Camel City Invitational at the JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Racing the 5000 meters for the first time this year, Schmitz finished first in a 13 runner field as she took the lead in the final lap to cross the line at 18:39.56, one second ahead of Turner. 

In the 800, Julia Otranto finished 56th with a time of 2:33.76, with Amber Arias turning a time of 2:39.63 to finish 65th.

Senior Liz Thierfelder posted a time of 1:00.46 in the 400 meters to finish 36th to round out the Crusaders entries.

The final day of the Camel City Invitational gets underway tomorrow, which will be a star studded field that includes Elite Athletes, Olympians and National Champions.