Elon Track and Field Heads to CAA Outdoor Championships

ELON, N.C. – The Elon University women’s track and field team heads to Newark, Del., this Friday and Saturday, May 5-6, for the 2017 Colonial Athletic Association Outdoor Track and Field Championships held at the Stuart and Suzanne Grant Stadium. The Phoenix will look to three-peat as league champions after successfully defending its CAA title last season.

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Fans can keep up with the action of the Phoenix this Friday and Saturday with live results listed on the Elon women’s track and field schedule page. Other updates will be provided on the team’s social media accounts on Twitter and Instagram at the handle, @eu_xctf.

Elon Preliminaries
• This weekend, the Phoenix travels to Delaware’s Stuart and Suzanne Grant Stadium, which is hosting the CAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships for the first time.
• Elon checked in at No. 17 in the most recent Southeast Regional rankings. Among CAA schools, the Phoenix only trails William & Mary (No. 15) and is ahead of James Madison (No. 19), College of Charleston (No. 33) and UNCW (No. 39) in the Southeast Region.
• In his 10 complete seasons at the helm of the Elon track and field program, director of track and field and cross country Mark Elliston has seen 37 athletes claim individual conference titles under his watch.
• Since joining the CAA in 2015, Elon has been dominating in its new league. Along with its two league team titles, Elon has also seen athletes set new league meet records including last year in the 400-meter hurdles.
• The Phoenix has five athletes on its current roster that has claimed an outdoor track and field championship in previous seasons; Jayna Coyle (triple jump), Emily Dixon (heptathlon), Kimberly Johansen (800 and 1,500-meters), Bryanna Hames (discus) and Bre’anna Warren (discus).
• Elon also returns three-fourths of its 4×400-meter relay team that claimed the league title a season ago in Katie Arbogast, Lauren Brozozowski and Desiree Ross.
• If the season ended today, the Phoenix would have two athletes qualify for the NCAA East Preliminary round on May 26-28 in Lexington, Ky. Hames is Elon’s highest ranked athlete on the NCAA East qualifying list as she sits 21st in the discus. Warren is also in the top-48 in the discus as the Greensboro, N.C., native sits 32nd in the region.

Last Time Out Highlights
• The Phoenix competed last at the Duke Invitational on April 21-22 in its final tune-up prior to the CAA Championships.
• Johansen broke her school-record in the 800-meters for the second time in as many meets as the Chelmsford, England, native clocked a time of 2:08.31. She bested her previous personal and school-record best of 2:08.41 that she set in her last meet at the Tiger Track Classic on April 8 and finished third overall in the race.
• Warren threw a new outdoor personal-best in the shot put with her heave of 47′ 3.5″ (14.41m) and was second overall.
• Hames third overall in the shot put with her mark of 46′ 8.75″ (14.24m). She was also third in the discus throw with her toss of 161′ 7″ (49.27m). Warren finished in the top-five of the event as well with a throw of 160′ 2″ (48.82m) for fourth.
• Carrie Abraham was third in the triple jump as the senior had a best leap of 38′ 9.5″ (11.82m).
• Coralea Geraniotis with Elon’s top runner in the 1,500-meters with her time of 4:39.53. Shelby Cuddeback was close to Geraniotis with her time of 4:40.14 while Chelsea Smith clocked a 4:40.47.
• Sophomore Nicole Karabas set a new personal-best in the pole vault, clearing the bar at 11′ 3.75″ (3.45m) and was eighth overall. Teammate Ellie Bennett tied Karabas with the same cleared height, but needed more attempts and finished 10th overall.

On Deck
Elon will look to have select members of its team qualify for the NCAA East Preliminaries at the Aggie Last Chance meet on May 14, at North Carolina A&T.