By: Jeff Woods
Fresh off of a successful indoor season with their fifth consecutive indoor NACC championship, the women’s track and field team embarks on their 2017 outdoor season. They kicked off the season at Augustana College, and the ladies haven’t missed their mark. AU took sixth overall out of eleven teams with many stand out performances.
Sophomore Jackie Schane dominated the day in the steeplechase event with a remarkable time of 11:08, ranking her number one in the NACC and the girl to beat in her event. Furthermore, Schane was not the only one with an outstanding performance of the day.
Junior Deterrica Simpkins and seniors Taylor Jefford, Crystal Abernathy, and Lisa Rodriguez took over the 4×100 relay. The team took first in their event with a time of 47.45 and could not be more excited as they also are ranked first in the NACC.
However, senior Taylor Jefford was not done there. Jefford also competed in the long jump event. As a true Spartan, she took first with a distance of 5.54m.
Despite not taking first in all events, the women had a good day full of PR’s. Junior thrower Hannah Meager took fifth at Augustana in discus with a 40.73m, but in the NACC ranked as number one. Other Spartans are starting to climb the ranking in the NACC, and it looks like they have no intentions of stopping until they are number one.
Younger team members are showing great potential to be better than we all may have thought. Freshman Demiana Glenn took frist in her heat for Shot Put with a distance of 11.47m, which is close to senior Hannah Meager with a distance of 12.53m.
Our ladies are looking to have another successful outdoor season ahead of them. The Spartans continue with full momentum, as they are getting ready to set their blocks April 8 when they travel to Wheaton, IL for the Wheaton College Invitational.