LYNCHBURG, Va. – Freshman Megan Kirschling and sophomore Louise Prevoteau highlighted a number of record-breaking performances for the Elon track and field team in the Phoenix’s season-opening meet at the Liberty Kickoff on Saturday, Dec. 1. Kirschling set a new mark in the high jump with a height of 5’8” while Prevoteau captured the women’s pentathlon title with a school-record 3,572 points inside the Tolsma Indoor Track Center.
Kirschling’s mark clinched her the title in the high jump competition and broke Prevoteau’s old record of 5’5.75” that was set last season. Prevoteau had a strong day herself as the defending Southern Conference Indoor pentathlon champion had great performances in the multi-event competition winning the long jump and the 800-meter run.
In the throwing events, sophomore Charlise Morgan was the runner-up in the shot-put with a new personal-best throw of 43’03.25”, breaking her own mark for second-best on the all-time performance list. Teammate Kimberlyn Holt threw a distance of 38’09” in her first collegiate meet at Elon.
The Phoenix was equally impressive in sprints with Bria Bell and Veronica Luedke finishing second and third in the 400-meter dash. Bell ran a time of 58.48, while Luedke ran a personal-record of 58.76, moving her to fourth on the record list. A couple freshmen for the maroon and gold stood out and set new marks in the 60-meter hurdles with Sydney Griffin coming in third with a time of 8.77, now second-best in school history. Fellow freshman Jennifer Esposito was seventh with her mark of 9.04, the third best time on the performance list.
Griffin followed that with a great performance in the 200-meter dash finishing fourth with a time of 25.83, breaking into the top-five in on the record list. Bell was not too far off with a mark of 26.04 and a sixth place standing.
The women’s 4×400 relay team just missed on winning its third consecutive title at Liberty, finishing second behind the Lady Flames and had a time of 3:58.34.
In field event competition, Janelle McNeil and Marie Borowycz finished seventh and eighth respectively with jumps of 35’10” and 35’9.25″ in the triple jump. Haley Laird also performed in the high jump with Kirschling and finished in third with a cleared height of 5’2”.
Elon will enjoy a long extended break from competition before returning to action on Jan. 23 at the Wake Forest Invitational in Winston-Salem, N.C.