WINSTON-SALEM, NC - The Belmont Abbey Women's Indoor Track & Field team finished in eighth place today at the Conference Carolinas Championships.
Sophomore Julia Otranto broke her own school record in the 800m, as her 2:24.58 race earned her a third-place finish. Freshman Anna Hetzel earned a top-five finish in the 5000m, which she ran in an impressive 20:05.09. In the mile, the Abbey was led by freshman Hannah Zenker, who paced herself to a 5:46.61 race. Hetzel was just two spots behind her at 5:54.0.
In the field events, Desenia Sanchez set a Belmont Abbey record in the shot put, as her 10.6m throw earned her a spot in the Finals. Sophomore Genevieve Hickin made a top-10 finish in the pole vault, with a 2.5m finish. Junior Natalie Nelson led the Crusaders in the Triple Jump, with 10.31 meters.
The sprint events were also very strong by the Crusaders. Senior Liz Thierfelder finished in second place in the 400m, with a 57.46-second run, also a school record. Freshman Maya McQune set a school record in the 200m, with a 26.37-second dash. The Abbey ended the day with another school record as the 4x400 relay team ran a 4:11.98 race.
Head Coach Nick Radkewich offered some of his thoughts on the day's championship meet: "Today the women had great performances from our top Crusaders during the season. Liz Thierfelder posted a provisional National Championship qualifying time and new school record in a very close 400m race. Julia Otranto took her first podium finish with a lean at the line also breaking her own school record. We then had some Crusaders rise to championship level performances including Dee Sanchez finishing 4th in the shotput setting a new school record, seven spots ahead of her performance ranking prior to the meet and Annie Hetzel finishing a strong 5th in her 5,000m debut. Maya McQune set a new school record in the 200m finishing 10th. The women finished the meet with a bang as the 4x400m relay posted a strong finish and a final school record on the day. It was a great finish to the indoor season, but we lost a lot of close races for points they will have to win to improve our team finish at the outdoor championships the end of April."