LYNCHBURG, Va. – In a last minute schedule change, the Bridgewater Eagles women's track and field team traveled to Lynchburg on Wednesday evening for the Lynchburg College meet.
Despite the lack of preparation, the Eagles turned in solid efforts in the events on the evening.
In the 55 meter dash, freshman Brooke Perdue finished as Bridgewater's top competitor and received second place overall with a time of 8.08 seconds. Sophomore Heather Rittenhouse crossed the finish line in fifth place with a time of 8.31 seconds, after beating Perdue in the preliminary round.
Bridgewater finished 1-2-3 in the 55 meter hurdle event, with Perdue taking home first place with a time of 9.33 seconds. Freshmen Ally Smith and Christine Robbins crossed the line closely behind in second and third with times of 10.08 seconds and 10.11 seconds, respectively.
Freshman Kristen Trice earned the number one spot in the high jump event with a leap of 4 feet, 11 ¾ inches. With a jump of 4 feet, 9 1/5 inches, sophomore Brittany Kersey finished in second place, while Rittenhouse claimed third with a measure of 4 feet, 3 ½ inches.
Perdue also competed in the pole vault event and was the Eagles top finisher, clearing a height of 8 feet, 2 ½ inches to receive the runner-up spot.
Junior Melanie Waters and Trice finished 1-2, respectively, in both the long jump and triple jump events. In the long jump, Waters had a best of 16 feet, 5 ¾ inches, while Trice was close behind with a measure of 16 feet, ½ inch. In the triple jump, Waters measured a final leap of 35 feet, 10 inches and Trice posted a jump of 35 feet, 1 ¼ inches.
Sophomore Megan Conley also competed in the triple jump and finished third with a final mark of 32 feet, 6 ½ inches.
In the shot put, the Eagles top finisher was Smith, placing third with a distance of 34 feet, 10 ½ inches. Fellow freshman Chryssie Grandy also competed in the event and launched the shot 24 feet, 11 inches, good enough for 11th place.
Smith and Grandy participated in the weight throw event as well. Smith, a Virginia Beach, Va. native, tied for 10th place with a throw of 31 feet, 6 inches. Grandy posted a distance of 22 feet, 3 inches, finishing in 12th place.
Bridgewater is back in action on this Saturday at the VMI Winter Relays in Lexington, Va. Start time is set for 8:30 a.m.