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Women's Track & Field

’Cats Set Records in Preparation for Conference

Quarti going over a hurdle
Quarti going over a hurdle

For Immediate Release – 4/15/17 - #296
'Cats Set Records in Preparation for Conference

LYNCHBURG, VA – The Randolph College women's track and field team hosted the WildCat Invitational on Saturday.  It was the team's final meet before competing in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Championships, and the team put together a great meet.

There were three program records set on the day, one on the track and the other two in the field.  Michaela Saunders was outstanding in the 800-meter race, finishing fifth in a time of 2:35.22.  It broke her previous school record.

In the field, it was Trevanna Berryman who broke her own previous record as well.  This one came in the shot put.  She beat her nearest competitor by two and a half feet.  The throw went 39'7" and it would be the record in or outdoors.  It also put her back at the top of the ODAC standings.  Teliya Stevenson and Rebecca Webb were also solid in the event, taking third and fourth with distances of 34'8.25" and 33'8", respectively.

Berryman added a win in the discus, tossing it 121'3.75" which was 14 feet better than second.  Her teammates Stevenson and Kayla Wilhelm excelled in the javelin.  The two WildCats took second and fourth respectively.  Stevenson broke the school record with a toss of 92'11", while Wilhelm set her own best, with 83'3.5".

The 100-meter races were the first on the track for the WildCats, and both Marisa Quarti and Jalil Penn shined in their respective disciplines.  Quarti won the 100-meter hurdles, while going against a brutal headwind.  Penn caught her closest competitor in the second heat of the 100-meter dash.  That last burst gave her a new PR with a time of 13.61.  It also gave her fourth-overall, setting her up well for next week.

Penn was outstanding in the 200-meter race as well.  She finished third-overall and second in DIII with a time of 27.80.  It was a new PR for the first-year.  She just beat out her teammate Jordan Sheets, who finished sixth with a time 28.65.  Sheets added a bronze in the 400-meter race later in the day, setting herself up for a strong ODAC meet.

Courtney Hughes added a season-best in the pole vault as she gets ready for the ODAC Championships like the rest of her teammates.

Randolph will return to the track next weekend for the most important meet of the season.  The athletes will head to Washington and Lee University for the two-day ODAC Outdoor Championships.  Events begin on Friday at 3 p.m.