ELON, N.C. – The Elon women’s track and field team will compete in two meets on Friday, Feb. 8, with the squad traveling to Lynchburg, Va., for the Liberty Quad and freshman high jumper Megan Kirschling competing as an individual at the Tyson Indoor Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark.
This will be the Phoenix’s second trip to Liberty after opening the 2012-13 indoor campaign at the Liberty Kickoff on Dec. 1.
Last Time Out
Elon competed at the Gene Anderson Invitational last weekend, Feb. 2, taking the team title in one event and having several athletes set new personal-bests.
Kirschling set a new school record in the high jump after clearing the bar at 5’10” (1.78m) and earning a second-place finish. She broke her previous school record of 5’8” (1.73m) that she set twice earlier in the year.
The women’s 4×400 relay team comprised of Bria Bell, Veronica Luedke, Jennifer Pash and Louise Prevoteau won the title after clocking a time of 4:00.28.
The maroon and gold had runners dominate the one-mile run with five harriers placing in the top-10. Tereza Novotna (5:03.60) and Allyson Oram (5:06.27) finished in the two and three positions, respectively.
Kirschling Named SoCon Indoor Field Athlete of the Week
Kirschling received recognition for her performance last weekend earning the Southern Conference’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Week on Wednesday, Feb. 7. Her mark of 5’10” (1.78m) in the high jump is the best in the league this season.
The freshman from West Deptfort, N.J., will compete at the Tyson Indoor Invitational against some of the top competition in the country.
In Competition at Liberty Quad
Sprints and Hurdles
Bell, Sydney Griffin, Luedke, and Pash among others highlight the group competing in sprint and hurdle events for the maroon and gold this weekend. Bell ran a 25.90 in the 200m at the Gene Anderson Invitation and a top-five finish. She followed that with a runner-up standing in the 400m with a time of 57.74.
Kayleigh Birks, Kimberlyn Holt and Charlise Morgan will represent the Phoenix in the throwing competitions. Holt threw a new personal best in the weight throw last weekend with a toss of 50’3.5” (15.33m) on her final attempt to finish sixth overall.
Novotna, Oram, Christine Pacewicz, Julie Hart, Ellie Taff, and Haylee Dawe are among the long distance runners in competition for Elon. Taff set a new personal record in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:19.99 and finished third overall at the Gene Anderson Invitational.
Haley Laird and Louise Prevoteau will represent the Phoenix in the high jump at Liberty along with Emily Tomich. Laird cleared the bar at 5’4.25” (1.63m) last week to finish fourth overall.
Prevoteau, Marie Borowycz and Janelle McNeil will compete in the long jump and with Borowycz and McNeil representing the squad in the triple jump. Borowycz had a season-best jump of 17’0.75” (5.20m) in the long jump at the Gene Anderson Invitational.
Next up for Elon
Elon will compete at the Virginia Tech Challenge in Blacksburg, Va., on Feb. 15-16, its final meet prior to the Southern Conference Indoor Championships on Feb. 23-24.