BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Junior Karly Hibbard added to her list of Belmont University women's track and field records Friday during a condensed Hilltopper Relays meet at Western Kentucky's Reuter Track Complex.
Hibbard (Edmonds, Wash.) broke the school outdoor record in the shot put with a throw of 13.35 meters (43-9.75). The distance, which qualified her for a spot in the event finals though Hibbard passed on the extra throws, placed the Bruin fifth.
The mark broke Clare Soban's school record of 13.15 meters set in 2015 and is just short of Hibbard's overall personal best of 13.62. That is also a Belmont record for the indoor track and field season. Hibbard now holds three school records in all, including the top javelin distance.
Javelin is Hibbard's best event and where she invests the majority of her time during the outdoor season. The break in focus on shot put may have done her good though, she said.
"Honestly, all my attention lately has been on javelin," Hibbard said. "Sometimes focusing on a different event can bring some rejuvenation to the throw. It's crazy how things can work."
Hibbard also finished second in the javelin Friday with a throw of 40.54 meters (133-0). Freshman teammate Jessica Mattsson (Tierp, Sweden) added a second-place finish in the hammer throw in 53.73 meters (176-3) and senior Alyssa Andersen (Oswego, Ill.) was fourth there in 49.44 meters (162-2).
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On the men's side, junior Stephen Gibson (Tuscola, Ill.) provided the top highlight with a personal-record throw of the hammer. He smashed his previous best by more than two meters with a toss of 54.47 (178-8).
No other college entrant had a better throw and Gibson finished second overall in the event.
Other top placers among the Belmont men included senior Matt Walker (Southlake, Texas), who finished third in the javelin with a throw of 49.77 meters (163-3), and junior Corey Claiborne (Alpharetta, Ga.), who was fourth in the shot put at 16.43 meters (53-11).
Claiborne also set a PR in the discus by nearly two meters in 46.62 (152-11) to take sixth.
Despite typically spanning two days, the Hilltopper Relays concluded Friday because of inclement weather in the forecast for Saturday. The Bruins will next compete at the Governors Invitational in Clarksville, Tenn., next weekend.
BELMONT WOMEN'S RESULTS
12. Caroline Daniel, fr. — 2:23.45
30. Anna Arrick, fr. — 2:35.30
2. Jessica Mattsson, fr. — 53.73m (176-3)
4. Alyssa Andersen, sr. — 49.44m (162-2)
5. Karly Hibbard, jr. — 13.35m (43-9.75)*^
2. Karly Hibbard, jr. — 40.54m (133-0)
7. Jeanette Morley, fr. — 1.60m (5-3)
BELMONT MEN'S RESULTS
2. Stephen Gibson, jr. — 54.47m (178-8)*
9. Corey Claiborne, jr. — 49.09m (161-1)
3. Matt Walker, sr. — 49.77m (163-3)
4. Corey Claiborne, jr. — 16.43m (53-11)
10. Cal Widener, fr. — 14.30m (46-11)
14. Ryan Sheldon, fr. — 12.03m (39-5.75)
-- Stephen Gibson, jr. — Foul
6. Corey Claiborne, jr. — 46.62m (152-11)*
7. Stephen Gibson, jr. — 45.86m (150-5)