Three distance runners from the Tiger womenâ€™s track & field team competed in the Mt. Sac Relays in California last Thursday. Senior Maddie Murphy finished with a top 10 Division III time.
Murphy placed 13th in the 10,000-meter race, with a time of 36:08.55, breaking her personal record by almost 30 seconds; her time is ranked 10th in the nation.
â€œMt. Sac was an incredible opportunity,â€ Murphy said. â€œMy teammates and I had the chance to compete against some very talented athletes. This meet allowed us to push ourselves to race and leave everything on the track.â€
Both teams also competed in the University of Incarnate Word Cardinal Invite on April 12.
Senior George Warren had a personal-best jump of 2.08 meters in the high jump competition against Division I competitors. His jump ties him for the No. 1 spot in DIII for the season.
â€œThe meets have gone really well,â€ said junior Mike McIntosh. â€œWeâ€™ve gotten better as a team since the season started and I think thatâ€™s what coach wanted most. We did really well at the Incarnate Word meet. Our sprinters had a lot of PRs.â€
The womenâ€™s team also had many personal-best times in both sprinting and distance events.
Senior Salome Wilfred had a personal best in the 200 meter dash with a time of 27.02 seconds; first year Katie Groke placed third among non-Division I teams in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.91 seconds. Senior Bailey Drury came in second among non-Division I teams in the 200-meter dash with a time of 25.90 seconds.
In distance running, senior Jackie Newell, junior Autumn Kervella and sophomore Mariana Sigala all ran well in the 1500-meter event, and junior Michelle Oberndorf ran 18:50.48 in the 5k event.
The Tiger menâ€™s and womenâ€™s track & field teams will host the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships today and tomorrow. The Tigers are looking to defend last yearâ€™s conference titles.
â€œOn paper on the womenâ€™s side, itâ€™s really close,â€ Whitehead said. â€œWeâ€™re trying to put all of our athletes in the best position and see how it shakes out in the two-day competition.â€