Jumpers Lead the Way for the Eagles Into ODAC Meet
Freshmen jumpers Kristen Trice and Greer Brown and junior jumper Melanie Waters should pace the way for the Eagles in the ODAC Women's Track and Field Indoor Championship Meet at Liberty University on Friday.
In the high jump event, Trice is ranked No. 1 in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) with a best of 5 feet, 1 inch and will contend to keep that title. The Glen Allen, Va. native is also ranked No. 1 in the triple jump with a top mark of 36 feet, 4 ¼ inches, while junior Melanie Waters follows closely behind in second place with a leap of 35 feet, 10 inches. Brown is ranked eighth in the triple jump with a measure of 33 feet, 1 ¾ inches and could also score points for the Eagles if she breaks top six.
Brown sits at No. 3 in the long jump event with a jump of 16 feet, while Waters trails in fourth with 16 feet, 5 ¾ inches and Trice is in fifth with 16 feet, ½ inch.
In the 60 meter hurdles, Brown is the top entrant in the event with a qualifying time of 9.65 seconds, placing her in fourth for the season.
Waters could challenge for points in the 400 meter dash where she is ranked ninth with a time of 1:03.78.
In the 3000 meter run, senior Olivia Mills is the Eagles' top runner and with a time of 10:53.74, she is ranked at No. 4. Sophomore Zanny Ludtke is ranked ninth with a time 11:07.31 and could contend for the top six in the event.
The quartet of McDonald, Mellman, Keplinger, and Mills for the distance medley relay event sits at No. 3 with a time of 13:17.17 and will contend for first place.
In the pole vault, sophomore Erin Parker should come away with points as she enters the meet in fourth place with a height of 8 feet, 10 ¼ inches. Senior Jenna Stacy could contend for the top six in the event as she currently sits at No. 8 with a best of 7 feet, 10 ½ inches.
Freshman Ally Smith ranks at No. 7 with a best launch of 34 feet, 10 ½ inches and should challenge for points in the shot put event.
Friday's championship meet begins at noon for the field events and approximately 3 p.m. for the track events.