Female Distance Runners Shine at College Dual Meet Madness

Female Distance Runners Shine at College Dual Meet Madness

WINSTON SALEM, N.C. -- Belmont Abbey's distance runners turned in the top performances Sunday in women's indoor track and field action at the JDL College Dual Meet Madness.

Julia Otranto won her section of the 800 meters to finish fifth overall. Her time of 2:29.21 earned her qualification into the Conference Championship next month. In the mile, Annie Hetzel placed seventh (5:42.92) with Hannah Zenker 12th (6:04.16). The duo later finished 11th (11:36.03) and 16th, respectively in the 3000 meters.

Natalie Nelson took 11th in the triple jump, earning a spot in the league meet with a mark of 10.08m on her first attempt.

Several Crusaders won their respective heats, but did not place in the overall standings: Ashley Caldwell (60m-Section 5 and 60 Hurdles-Section 5), Maya McQune (200m-Section 7 and 400m-Section 4), Savannah Lamb (200m-Section 11 and 60 Hurdles-Section 4), Genevieve Hickin (200m-Section 12),  Jillian Culbertson (400m-Section 6 and 800m-Section 3), Hayley Russell (Long Jump Flight 1), and Theresa Wilson (Mile-Section 2 and 3000m-Section 2).

Otranto, Hetzel and Nelson also won their heats en route to their final placing.

The season continues next weekend at the Camel City Invitational.