NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Two years after tearing her elbow ligament at the Black & Gold Invitational, Belmont University's Karly Hibbard found some retribution Saturday at this year's edition of Vanderbilt's outdoor track and field meet.
Hibbard (Edmonds, Wash.) claimed gold in the javelin with a throw of 44.40 meters (145-8.25), part of a 1-2 Belmont finish in the event with teammate Maja Gustafsson. It marked Hibbard's her farthest throw since that fateful meet in 2016 where she also set Belmont's school record of 47.12 before tearing her ulnar collateral ligament.
"Not exactly the mark I would have liked, but I have to put things into perspective," the junior Hibbard said. "That throw was only under my personal best by three meters. Thankful for what the Lord has blessed me with thus far."
.@karlyhibbard set @BelmontXCTF's javelin record & destroyed her elbow on the same day in 2016. This week she returns to the site of her highest high and lowest low, the Vandy Black & Gold Invite https://t.co/9SRJyJy1BE@GoBelmontBruins #Itsbruintime pic.twitter.com/fZNJG3nbLZ— Belmont Runners (@BelmontXCTF) March 22, 2018
Gustafsson, a freshman from Sweden, added a 40.89-meter (134-2) throw to round out the Bruins' javelin medal efforts.
Freshman Ali White (Southlake, Texas) was the top finisher in a loaded 3,000-meter field in 15th. She finished in 10:15.20, just off her PR time set during indoor season this winter.
"The last couple laps were really hard," White recalled. "Two girls came up and ended up passing me, but I ended up changing speeds. I knew I was super close to the finish and I gave it all I had for that last stretch."
Freshman Payton Barlow (White House, Tenn.) added a 10th-place finish in the 400 meters and she also paired with freshman Caroline Pruitt (Allen, Texas), sophomore Katrina Quigley (Nashville, Tenn.) and junior Annelise Doerr (Fountain Valley, Calif.) to earn fifth in the 4x400-meter relay.
The Bruins will split their squad between a pair of invitationals next week. Most will compete in the Raleigh Relays in North Carolina with a select few qualifiers heading to the Texas Relays in Austin, Texas.
BELMONT WOMEN'S RESULTS
10. Payton Barlow, fr. — 58.47
17. Katrina Quigley, so. — 59.79*
-- Annelise Doerr, jr. — DNS
11. Kiera Weems, sr. — 2:21.51
14. Caroline Daniel, fr. — 2:22.61*
15. Anna Arrick, fr. — 2:23.00
15. Ali White, fr. — 10:15.20
22. Sierra Lax, so. — 10:25.40
26. Gabrielle Yatauro, sr. — 10:31.32*
27. Alexa Yatauro, jr. — 10:32.29*
-- Claire Cheeseman, fr. — DNS
14. Caroline Pruitt, fr. — 15.57
21. Kelsey Kay Herring, fr. — 16.03*
1. Karly Hibbard, jr. — 44.40m (145-8.25)
2. Maja Gustafsson, fr. — 40.89m (134-2)
8. Grace Maniscalco, fr. — 30.60m (100-5)*
10. Jenna Langdon, so. — 25.19m (82-8)
-- Arianna Person, sr. — NH
-- Kelsey Kay Herring, fr. — NM