WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – First-place finishes and new personal outdoor records from senior Allyson Oram and sophomore Tereza Novotna highlighted a strong showing from members the Elon University women’s track and field distance squad at the Wake Forest Open on Friday, March 20, at Kentner Stadium.
“Overall it was a great meet and we had some strong results and personal records,” said Elon head cross country and assistant track and field coach Christine Engel. “Tereza setting a new personal record in the steeplechase and Ally and (Kimberly Johansen) going No. 1 and No. 3, respectively, in the 1,500 certainly highlighted a few of our performances today.”
Oram won the 1,500-meters with a new personal-best time of 4:32.89 in her first outdoor race of the season while teammate Johansen was third overall with a time of 4:34. Redshirt freshman Elyse Bierut had a time of 4.44.33 in her first collegiate outdoor race with the Phoenix. Oram’s time is the second fastest all-time on the program’s outdoor list.
Novotna captured individualist honors in the 3,000-meter steeplechase after she set a new personal-best in the event with a time of 10:41.41. In the women’s 400-meters, Jackie Madden had a solid outing after clocking a time of 58.84.
The Phoenix’s Kimberlyn Holt was the lone thrower that competed today for the maroon and gold. The senior threw in the hammer throw had a toss of 47.99m in the event.
Elon returns to competition on March 28-29 at the Raleigh Relays that will take place on the campus of NC State.