Dec. 3, 2006
DAYTON, Ohio - The University of Dayton women's track and field team opened up their indoor season on Saturday recording new school records in the high jump, pole vault, and 300m run. Flyer freshman made a strong showing at the Findlay Oiler Open, held on the University of Findlay's campus over the weekend.
Sophomore Amy Kremer leapt to a new height in the high jump at 5-08.00 for fourth place overall at the meet, recording a new school record along the way. Kremer held the previous UD record in the high jump at 5-07.75. Junior Megan Sweeney also competed in the event jumping 5-06.00 for eighth place. Her jump places her among the Top 5 jumps in school history and was her career best.
Sophomore Stacy Chew ran a strong 300m finishing the event in 42.61. She placed third overall in the event and now holds the school record. The previous record time for the 300m was 42.64. In addition, Lisa Aubry ran a strong 43.17 for fifth place overall and freshmen Chantee Mathews and Emma Steinmetz recorded times in the event at 44.31 and 44.55 respectively.
Freshman Katie DeVault competed in her first collegiate event at Findlay and posted a new pole vault record of 10-11.75 finishing ninth overall. Freshman Melissa Walls placed 11th in the pole vault recording a 10-06.00 distance.
In the 60m dash, underclassmen Brittany Thomas and Lauren McCormick tied for fifth place both running in 7.93. The two freshmen also ran the 200m dash. Thomas finished fourth overall in a time of 26.27 and McCormick placed sixth running in 26.94.
Micailah Brock and Mathews finished among the Top 10 in the 60m hurdles event. The two underclassmen recorded times of 9.21 and 9.22 respectively. Brock's time was a personal best. Mathews had a faster time of 9.18 in the prelims. Steinmetz ran a 9.20 in the prelims, while Andrea Cornell ran a personal best of 9.26.
In other running events, senior Liz Forster cracked into the Top 10 overall in the 400m dash running the event in 1:00.49. Emily Deet had a strong finish in the 3000m run (11:25.10) finishing tenth.
In the long jump, Brock jumped a distance of 16-09.25 for eighth place. Freshmen Andrea Funk placed fourth in the triple jump (35-02.00) while her teammate, Briona Gresham placed sixth with a jump of 34-04.75. All three performances were personal bests.
Freshman Sarah Allen proved herself with a strong throw in the shot put. Allen threw an impressive 41-03.75 for fifth place. Candace McKinley placed 11th with a throw of 38-10.50. Kremer also represented the Flyers in the shot put with a throw of 35-01.75. All three throws were career best for each of women.
Dayton held the fourth and fifth places in the 4x400 Meter Relay. The fourth place team of India Moss, Forster, Aubry and Chew ran in 4:01.86 improving the UD relay time from last year by almost three seconds.
"I was in awe of our overall performance at Findlay. We are way ahead of where I thought would be at this time of the year," said head track and field coach Kandice Erwin. "I am so excited about what this team is going to accomplish this season and look forward to January when the bulk of our season begins," she added.
They Flyers return to action at the Ball State University Pentathlon in Muncie, Indiana on December 12.