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Women’s Track and Field Climbs to Sixth in Region

Women’s Track and Field Climbs to Sixth in Region


NEW ORLEANS – After a successful weekend at the Liberty University Open, the Bridgewater Eagles women's track and field team climbed one spot to sixth place in the latest United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) South/Southeast Region rankings released on Wednesday morning.

Bridgewater was one of five teams to climb in the poll and is ranked fourth among Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) programs in the latest ranking of region's track and field squads.

The Eagles had a number of outstanding performances last weekend at Liberty, with senior Morgan Keplinger's record-setting performance in the 500 meter dash pacing the way.

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.

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.

Freshman Kristen Trice was the top performer from the 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.

Aside from their stellar performances over the weekend, the Eagles are also ranked in the region in a series of events.

Bridgewater's 4x400 meter relay squad of Melanie Waters, Keplinger, Emily Mellman and McKenzie McDonald is ranked seventh in the region.

The Eagles' distance medley relay team of McDonald, Mellman, Keplinger and Olivia Mills is in the runner-up post in the region with a time of 13:17.17.

Trice is currently ranked in a tie for fourth place in the region in the high jump with a height of five feet, one inch.

Waters and Trice are ranked sixth and eighth, respectively in the long jump, while the two switch roles and take home the top two spots in the region in the triple jump.

Bridgewater is back in action this weekend at the Armory Collegiate Invitational in New York City.