Elon Track and Field Opens Season at JDL College Kickoff Classic

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The Elon University women’s track and field team opened its 2017-18 indoor campaign on Saturday, Dec. 2, at the JDL College Kickoff Classic inside the JDL Fast Track Complex.


Facing its first competition of the season, a number of Phoenix athletes shined at the meet. Sophomore Skylar Barthelmes set a new personal-record in the indoor shot put as the Dartmouth, Mass., native had a throw of 12.98m and was fourth overall in the event. Teammate Bryanna Hames also finished in the top-five with her toss of 12.88m.

Barthelmes was also the top finisher for the Phoenix in the weight throw with a mark of 14.62m and was 10th overall. Freshman Charlotte Bradsher was 12th at 14.37m.

Another sophomore, Melody Burke, did well in a couple events on the day. The Concord, Va., native was sixth overall in the long jump with her best mark of 5.39m. She was also ninth in the triple jump with her leap of 11.08m.

Emily Smith garnered a third-place standing in the one-mile run for the Phoenix. The Philadelphia, Pa., native had a time of 5:24.52 in the race for Elon.

Megan Henderson was Elon’s top runner in the 400-meters with a time of 59.51 and was eighth overall. In the 200-meters, Desiree Ross clocked a time of 26.47 as Elon’s best performer in the event. Kayla Tulloch ran a 27.94 in the event while Aaliyah Rodgers crossed the finish line with her time of 29.03.

In the high jump, freshman Moira O’Malley cleared the bar at 1.60m for the Phoenix’s top finisher in the event. O’Malley edged out teammates Michelle Connor and Emily Dixon, who both cleared the bar at 1.55m. Nicole Karabas represented Elon in the pole vault with her cleared height of 3.35m, finishing tied for fourth overall.

The meet concluded with the Phoenix’s 4×400-meter relay team finishing fourth overall with a time of 3:58.39.

Elon will be off until after the turn of the calendar to 2018 when it travels to the VMI Keydet Invitational on Jan. 19-20 and the Wake Forest Invitational on Jan. 20-21.