CENTRAL, S.C. - The Belmont Abbey Women's Outdoor Track & Field team competed in the Susan Rouse Invitational this weekend, hosted by Southern Wesleyan University.
Junior Natalie Nelson was the lone Crusader in the Heptathlon, in which she finished in fifth place overall. Highlighting her performance was a first-place finish in the shot put portion, in which she threw 10.25m.
Sophomore Desenia Sanchez was impressive in the standard shot put competition, finishing sixth of 21 throwers with a distance of 10.33 meters. Sanchez also made a 28.33-meter throw in the discus, earning her an eighth-place finish out of 20 competitors. Elsewhere in the field events, freshman Katherine Rojas earned a spot in the top 10 in the long jump, where she had a 4.42m jump. Rojas also got a 9.47m finish in the triple jump.
The Abbey also had some strong performances in the distance events. Freshman Hannah Zenker completed the 5000m race in 20:00.57. This gave her an eighth-place finish among 27 runners. Sophomore Julia Otranto had a run in the 1500m, which she ran in 5:10.3. This earned her a 10th-place finish out of 28 competitors. Otranto also ran in the 400M hurdles, where she finished in fifth place, with a 1:12.89 run.
Other strong sprint performances were Maya McQune's 200M race in 26.44 seconds, good enough for seventh out of 26 runners. Savannah Lamb made a top-10 finish in the 100M hurdles. She completed that event in 16.67 seconds.
Belmont Abbey will next compete on Saturday, April 22, in Columbia, SC in the Gamecock Invitational. That meet will be hosted by the University of South Carolina.