HPU Women’s Track And Field Concludes Strong First Outdoor Season Meet

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – The High Point University women’s track & field concluded a successful first weekend meet in the 2014 outdoor season. The Panthers had several strong performances over the weekend including a fifth-place finish by senior Audrey Malloy in the 3,000-meter race on Saturday.

“It was good to get outside for the first time this season,” said HPU head coach Mike Esposito. “It takes time to get acclimated to the outdoors and the winds so I was pleased with the way the team came out and performed this weekend.”

Malloy was the Panthers’ top finish on Saturday when she crossed in 10:42.32 in the 3,000-meter to finish fifth. Elsewhere on the track Saturday, freshman Cozette Collin won her heat in the 800-meter race and placed sixth overall by finishing in 2:18.93. Meanwhile, junior Lilla Lorand finished eighth in the 400-meter hurdles in 1:05.35.

On Friday, HPU had two runner-up finishes on the track. Senior Colleen Hollowed placed second in the 800-meter with a time of 2:25.59 while sophomore Emily De Lena came in second in the 200-meter dash in 26.23.

In Saturday’s field events, freshman Erika Bridges had HPU’s best finish coming in sixth in the high jump with a clearance of 1.50 meters (4-11). On Friday, freshman Amanda Gregory won her long jump competition with a distance of 5.26 meters (17-3.25) while Christine Rickert was runner-up in the javelin with a mark of 43.96 meters (144-03).

High Point will return to competition at the Wake Forest Open in Winston-Salem, N.C. next Friday and Saturday, March 21-22.