Keplinger's Record-Setting Performance Leads Eagles in Final Day at Liberty

LYNCHBURG, Va. - Senior Morgan Keplinger's record-setting performances in the 500 meter dash paced the way for the Bridgewater Eagles women's indoor track and field team on the final day of competition at the Liberty University Open.

Keplinger was the top Division III finisher in the field and turned in a time of 1:23.57 to finish in third place overall. Her performance in the event broke her own school record by nearly three seconds.

Sophomore Megan Conley was Bridgewater's top performer in the 60 meter dash, finishing in 38th place. Conley crossed the line in a time of 8.80 seconds to top freshman teammate Brooke Perdue by two-hundredths of a second.

Perdue was Bridgewater's top finisher in the 60 meter hurdles, finishing in 19th place. The freshman crossed the line in a time of 10.04 seconds, while fellow freshman Greer Brown finished in 24th place with a time of 11.11 seconds.

Brown also competed in the 200 meter dash for the Eagles and finished in a time of 29.83 seconds, good enough for 33rd place.

Freshman Maria Crist was the top Division III finisher in the 1,000 meter run. Crist finished in eighth place with a time of 3:25.06.

Sophomore Zanny Ludtke and freshman McKenzie McDonald finished in 18th and 19th place, respectively, to pace the way for the Eagles in the mile run. Ludtke finished in a time of 5:39.19, while McDonald was close behind with a time of 5:43.47.

In the 4x400 meter relay, the Eagles finished in ninth place overall. The quartet of Melanie Waters, Keplinger, Emily Mellman and McDonald crossed the line in a time of 4:21.88.

Freshman Kristen Trice was the top performer from the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) in the high jump, finishing in sixth place. Trice cleared a height of five feet, one inch in the event.

Waters led the way for the Eagles in the long jump, taking home a top 10 finish. The junior turned in a jump of 16 feet, 5 ¼ inches in the event to finish in ninth place, while Trice finished in 14th with a leap of 15 feet, 8 ¼ inches.

Trice and Waters went five-six, respectively in the triple jump. The freshman led the way with a jump of 35 feet, 2 inches, while Waters finished in sixth place with the same height, with her place being determined by a jump-off. Trice and Waters were the top two Division III finishers in the field.

Freshman Chryssie Grandy was Bridgewater's top thrower on the day, finishing in 33rd place in the shot put. Grandy launched the shot 24 feet, 3 inches.

Bridgewater is back in action on February 2 at the CNU Winter Classic on the campus of Christopher Newport University. Start time is set for 9 a.m.