ELON, N.C. – The Elon University women’s track and field team concludes its indoor regular season this weekend, Feb. 21-22, with groups competing at the JDL DMR Invitational and at the Virginia Tech Challenge.
Updates of the meets will be posted on the team’s social media pages on Twitter and Instagram at the handle, @ElonXCTF. Live results will be provided and can be found on the program’s schedule page at elonphoenix.com along with a recap and results at the conclusion of the meets.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
• JDL DMR Invitational – The Phoenix is slated to have select members of its distance group and members of the men’s cross country team race at the JDL DMR Invitational. Events begin for the Phoenix on Friday, Feb. 21, at 6 p.m. followed by the meet concluding with races for Elon athletes starting at 1:05 p.m. on Saturday.
• Virginia Tech Challenge – The rest of the Phoenix track and field squad will compete at the Virginia Tech Challenge with 11 members scheduled to represent the maroon and gold. The meet begins at 5 p.m. on Friday for the Phoenix with the second and final day kicking off at 11 a.m. on Saturday.
LAST TIME OUT
• Last weekend, the maroon and gold split for three meets at the JDL College Team Challenge, at the David Hemery Valentine Invitational and at the Darius Dixon Memorial Invitational.
• At the JDL College Team Challenge, Alyssa Zee matched the fastest time in school history in the 60-meter dash with her time of 7.75. She would win the race and qualify for the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Indoor Championships.
• Fellow junior Moira O’Malley also punched her ticket to the ECACs in the high jump. The Harleysville, Pa., native set a new personal-best by clearing the bar at 5′ 7″ (1.70m) and took the gold in the event.
• Aliya Barrows qualified for the ECACs in the 400-meters as the freshman ran a time of 57.33 in the race, a new season-best for the Rumford, R.I., native. She also earned medalist honors in the race.
• At the David Hemery Valentine Invite, the Phoenix also had some members of the distance side clinch a postseason berth to the ECACs. Hannah Preeo qualified after the sophomore ran a time of 9:52.25 in the unseeded 3,000-meters. She would finish 10th overall in the race and posted the fifth-fastest time in school history.
• Melissa Anastasakis qualified for the ECACs in her second event this indoor season as the Hillsdale, Ontario, native ran a time of 4:48.38 in the one-mile run.
• Maria Ahm ran the second-fastest time in school history in the 5,000-meters, clocking a time of 16:47.44 in the race and was 21st overall. She qualifies for the ECACs in her second event of the season.
Phoenix at the ECACs
• As the indoor regular season comes to a close, the Phoenix currently has 11 athletes and a pair of relay teams qualified for the 2020 ECAC Indoor Championships.
• Ahm (3,000 and 5,000-meters), Anastasakis (one-mile, 3,000-meters), Barrows (400-meters), Skylar Barthelmes (weight throw), Charlotte Bradsher (weight throw), Lauryn Carlton (weight throw), Madison George (pole vault), O’Malley (high jump), Preeo (3,000-meters), Kristine Strazdite (shot put) and Zee (60-meters) also have qualified individually for the ECACs.
• Elon’s 4×800-meter and distance medley relay teams have also punched their ticket for the ECACs.
Elon will competed at the 2020 ECAC Indoor Championships on March 6-8 hosted by Boston University.