CHAPEL HILL, NC - Senior Liz Thierfelder finished in second place out of 42 runners in the 400M run at the Art & Linda Maillet Open in Chapel Hill, NC today. It was the Women's Indoor Track & Field team's first race of 2017. She ran the event in 58.8 seconds. Sophomore Julia Otranto (1:06.95) and freshman Brette Linkenhoker (1:11.10) also ran in this event.
Freshman Maya McQune finished in fourth place in her 60m heat, with a time of 8.29 seconds. She also made an appearance in the 200m race, finishing with a time of 27.5 seconds.
As for the mid-distance competition, freshman Hannah Zenker won her heat in the 800M with a time of 2:32.38, good enough for a 6th-place finish overall in the race. Otranto's 2:37.86 run was also good enough for a top-10 finish, while Linkenhoker raced a 2:54.33 half mile.
Freshman Anna Hetzel led the Crusaders distance efforts, finishing in top place in her mile heat, which she ran in 5:55.06. Freshmen Justice Nelson (12:38.82) and Theresa Wilson (13:20.02) rounded out the distance events, as they competed in the 3000 Meter run.
Leading the field events was Nelson, who made a first-place finish in her Triple Jump Flight, with a 10.15m performance. She also made a top-10 finish in the long jump, with a 4.53 meter leap.
Head Coach Nick Radkewich commented on the race: "Liz Theirfelder placed second in the 400m. Freshman Annie Hetzel and Hannah Zenker both won their heats in the 1 Mile and 800m respectively. Hannah's debut at the distance earned a 6th place finish. Overall we felt it was a great return to competition after the Christmas Break. We saw people try new events like Matt in the 200m setting a school record and Hannah in the 800m placing 6th. With a young team we are starting to see athletes finding their event and starting to race the competition versus race for time. That bodes well for their preparation leading up to the Conference Championships. Next week the team will split between the Wake Forest Invitational in Winston Salem and the Mountaineer Open in Boone to make certain athletes compete in the best competition for their event."
Belmont Abbey will be back in race action Saturday, when the team will compete in both the Wake Forest Invite in Winston-Salem, NC and the Mountaineer Open in Boone, NC.