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Women’s Track and Field Falls to Eighth in Region

Women’s Track and Field Falls to Eighth in Region


NEW ORLEANS – Following a rare idle weekend, the Bridgewater Eagles women's track and field team dropped two spots to eighth place in the most recent United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) regional rankings released on Wednesday morning.

Bridgewater didn't compete last weekend as the team's scheduled trip to the Christopher Newport Invitational was cancelled.  

The Eagles still have a number of competitors ranked in the individual regional rankings. Bridgewater's 4x400 meter relay squad of Melanie Waters, Morgan Keplinger, Emily Mellman and Makenzie McDonald resides in eighth place in the region with a time of 4:21.88.

In the distance medley relay, Bridgewater sits in fourth. McDonald, Mellman, Keplinger and senior Olivia Mills posted a time of 13:17.17 in the event.

Freshman Kristen Trice is in a four-way tie for eighth place in the region in the high jump with a mark of 5 feet, 1 inch. Aside from her high jump ranking, Trice is also ranked in the triple jump. The freshman leads the conference with a jump of 36 feet, 4 ½ inches.

Junior Melanie Waters is also ranked in two events in the region. Waters is seventh in the long jump at 16 feet, 5 ¼ inches, while ranking right behind Trice in the triple jump with a mark of 35 feet, 2 inches.

Emory climbed to the number one spot in the region, jumping over Christopher Newport University. Lynchburg, Roanoke and Washington and Lee round out the top five.  

Bridgewater is back in action on Friday when it travels to suburban Philadelphia for the Ursinus Invitational. Start time from Collegeville, Pa. is set for 4 p.m.