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Samford Invitational Women's Results

Samford Invitational Women's Results

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – There was continued success Saturday for the Belmont University women's distance runners and some retribution found for the sprinters as the Bruins closed out the Samford Invitational at the Birmingham CrossPlex.

The Bruins placed three runners in the top five of the 3,000 meters and two in that elite category in the mile. Meanwhile, the team's short-distance runners chewed up the track for a second-place finish in the 1,600-meter relay.

Before helping the relay team to a 3:57.89 by handling the opening leg of the race, freshman Payton Barlow (White House, Tenn.) also placed fourth in the 400 meters in 58.54.

"I asked the sprinters to come out with more focus and a better mindset and they delivered," Associate Head Track and Field Coach Cameron Harvey said. "This weekend was a definite improvement from Vandy."

The distance crew carried over their success from last week's Commodore Invitational. Senior Kiera Weems (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) took second in the mile in 5:04.44 with freshman Ali White (Southlake, Texas) running to fifth in a personal-best 5:08.76. Senior Jessica King (Fishers, Ind.) earned silver in the 3,000 in 10:17.67 with sophomores Kortney Schardt (Lindenhurst, Ill.) and Sierra Lax (Columbus, Ind.) taking third and fifth, respectively. Lax's time of 10:25.36 was a PR as well.

The success wasn't all on the track. Senior Alyssa Andersen (Oswego, Ill.) added a fifth-place throw of 16.30 meters (53-5.75) in the weight.

"The season is starting to take shape and I'm glad to see that we are going in the right direction," Harvey said. "We have two weeks until our next meet and we'll definitely be taking advantage of the extra time on the track."

Belmont won't compete again this month. Part of the team will hit the track at Notre Dame's Meyo Invitational on Feb. 2-3, while the rest sticks closer to home at the Middle Tennessee State Invite in Murfreesboro.



Weight throw

5. Alyssa Andersen, sr. — 16.30m (53-5.75)

Long jump

13. Kelsey Kay Herring, fr. — 4.62m (15-2)

Shot put

8. Karly Hibbard, jr. — 11.91m (39-1)

12. Alyssa Andersen, sr. — 10.78m (35-4.5)

60-meter hurdles

12. Caroline Pruitt, fr. — 9.40

26. Kelsey Kay Herring, fr. — 10.44*


2. Kiera Weems, sr. — 5:04.44

5. Ali White, fr. — 5:08.76*

17. Lauren Denemark, so. — 5:28.20

400 meters

4. Payton Barlow, fr. — 58.54

13. Annelise Doerr, jr. — 1:00.58

23. Katrina Quigley, so. — 1:01.51

3,000 meters

2. Jessica King, sr. — 10:17.67

3. Kortney Schardt, so. — 10:22.24

5. Sierra Lax, so. — 10:25.36*

7. Claire Cheeseman, fr. — 10:27.04*

800 meters

9. Kiera Weems, sr. — 2:21.23

1,600 relay

2. Belmont (Payton Barlow, Katrina Quigley, Caroline Pruitt, Annelise Doerr), 3:57.89

*Personal record