COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Alyssa Andersen closed her Belmont University track and field career by following up a school-record performance with a silver-medal outing at the Ohio Valley Conference Outdoor Championships on Thursday.
Andersen (Oswego, Ill.) nearly matched her record mark in the women's hammer throw on the first day of the OVC track and field championships at Tennessee Tech's Tucker Stadium. The senior covered 54.69 meters (179 feet, 5 inches), just six inches short of her school-record throw of 54.85 three weeks ago.
The Bruins are tied for fourth after Day 1 with 12 team points.
A former collegiate basketball player and transfer from Drury University, Andersen claimed the school record in the hammer as a sophomore before two of her Belmont teammates passed her by in the ensuing years. In the twilight of her Bruins career, Andersen put up her best numbers.
"The women's hammer throw was a little bittersweet," said Belmont Assistant Track Coach Joe Frye, who coaches the throwers. "Alyssa had some great throws and ended up placing second, but Jessica (Mattsson) had an off day and couldn't put a legal throw together. These two have both performed so well this season and they fought hard today."
The top eight finishers in each event contribute to a team's overall point total, and the Bruins had two such finishers in the 10,000 meters. Senior Sally Larson (Fall City, Wash.) took sixth in 37:38.56 and freshman Ali White (Southlake, Texas) was eighth in 38:10.35. Senior Hannah Denton (Burns, Tenn.) was one spot off in ninth.
In the heptathlon, freshman Kelsey Kay Herring (Nashville, Tenn.) is in 13th place through four of seven events. She set personal bests in the 100-meter hurdles (15.80 seconds) and in the shot put (9.40 meters) though.
The OVC Outdoor Championships continue Friday back at Tucker Stadium.
DAY 1 TEAM RESULTS
1. Tennessee Tech 14
t-2. Eastern Kentucky 13
t-2. SIU Edwardsvilld 13
t-4. SE Missouri 12
t-4. Belmont 12
6. Eastern Illinois 6
7. Tennessee St. 4
t-8. Jacksonville St. 2
t-8. Austin Peay 2
BELMONT WOMEN'S RESULTS
Heptathlon (4 of 7 events)
13. Kelsey Kay Herring, fr. — 2,327
(100H: 15.80*, 11th; HJ: 1.25m, 13th; SP: 9.40*, 11th; 200: 26.68, 8th)
2. Alyssa Andersen, sr. — 54.69m (179-5)
-- Jessica Mattsson, fr. — FOUL
6. Sally Larson, sr. — 37:48.56
8. Ali White, fr. — 38:10.35
9. Hannah Denton, sr. — 38:12.88*
18. Alexa Yatauro, sr. — 41:14.18*