BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Elon track and field team holds the fourth spot in the Southern Conference Indoor Championships after the first day of competition. The Phoenix has compiled 29.3 points in the six events that have been scored. Elon has already claimed one event title and set three new school records.
Louise Prevoteau won Elon’s first SoCon program title in the pentathlon with school-record total of 3,566 points. The all-freshman performer posted marks of 9.15 in the 60-meter hurdles, 5’1.75” in the high jump, 30’3.5” in the shot put, 17’9.5” in the long jump and 2:19.55 in the 800-meter run. Veronica Luedke claimed eighth in the event with 3,111 points.
Luedke recorded a time of 9.10 in the preliminaries of the 60m hurdles, qualifying her in eighth for the finals. Dana Cataldo also qualified in eighth in the 60-meter dash preliminaries with a new school record of 7.76.
Elon’s top sprinters, Bria Bell and Amy Salek, both qualified for the finals in the 200-meter and 400-meter dash. Salek finished second and Bell fifth in the 400m preliminaries with times of 56.52 and 57.44, respectively. In the 200m preliminaries, Bell (25.20) placed fifth and Salek (25.16) seventh, while Cataldo claimed 12th with a time of 25.63.
Emily Tryon set a new school record in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 10:05.79 to earn seventh. Allyson Oram (10:15.71), Morgan Denecke (10:21.45) and Haylee Dawe (10:35.99) finished 10th through 12th. Dawe’s time in the event placed her on the SoCon All-Freshman Team.
The distance medley relay team, comprised of Brennan McDavid, Jackie Madden, Ellie Taff and Christine Pacewicz, turned in a time of 12:39.48 for eighth.
Haley Laird turned in an all-freshman performance in the high jump, placing second after reaching a mark of 5’3”. Prevoteau finished ninth in the event after reaching a height of 5’1”, while also placing sixth in the long jump with a leap of 17’8.5” and earning another spot on the all-freshman team.
Charlise Morgan claimed fourth in the shot put after a toss of 42’10.75” and Jennifer Jarvis took 12th with a throw of 37’11.5”.
Appalachian State is leading the women’s championships with 52.16 points. Elon sits just behind Western Carolina (33 points) and Georgia Southern (31 points), who hold second and third, and is two points ahead of College of Charleston (27 points).
The Elon track and field team will look to best its 2011 fourth-place finish at the championships in the final day of competition tomorrow, Feb. 24, at the Birmingham Crossplex.
Women’s Team Results – Day 1
1. Appalachian State – 52.16
2. Western Carolina – 33
3. Georgia Southern – 31
4. ELON – 29.3
5. College of Charleston – 27
6. Samford – 20
7. UNCG – 18
8. Wofford – 7.5
9. Furman – 6
9. Chattanooga – 6
11. The Citadel – 4