COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Junior Karly Hibbard set her second school record in as many days at the Ohio Valley Conference Outdoor Championships, and the Belmont University women's track and field team set a new bar in team points at an OVC meet.
The Belmont women wrapped up the three-day championships with 43 team points, their most ever in the seven years since the Bruins joined the OVC in 2012. That translated to 10th place to match Belmont's finish from the past two years.
"They scraped out all the points they were supposed to scrape out," said Belmont Associate Head Track Coach Cameron Harvey. "The women's side, it's a steep climb to success, but the points are going in the right direction and that's really what we want. I couldn't be prouder of the ladies today."
Thirty percent of Belmont's points came from Hibbard (Edmonds, Wash.), who followed up her win in the javelin event Friday with another Belmont best in the shot put Saturday at Tennessee Tech's Tucker Stadium. Hibbard upped her own record with a throw of 13.49 meters (44 feet, 3.25 inches) to place sixth in the shot put and finish with 13 points by herself.
Karly Hibbard broke a personal, school AND OVC Championship record with a javelin throw of 47.66 meters!!!— Belmont Runners (@BelmontXCTF) May 12, 2018
That's a monster toss by the Bruin who (of course) took gold!#ItsBruinTime pic.twitter.com/QWtmsYfa5k
It's the second time Hibbard has broken the outdoor shot put mark this spring despite primarily focusing her time on the javelin. Of course that's paid off as well considering she threw 47.66 meters and beat the javelin field by more than six meters earlier in the meet.
"Honestly I had no expectations for the shot put," Hibbard said. "I hadn't practiced since the indoor season, threw it one time and was blessed with the school record."
The throws were the strength of the Belmont women's team this season and the group picked up 29 points across three events at this week's championship meet.
"I think that's huge, just the team chemistry. (Senior Alyssa Andersen) has made a huge mark at Belmont and I look up to her completely," Hibbard said of the graduating Andersen, who was second in the hammer Thursday. "I'm so proud of the girls and I'm so excited for next year."
Belmont's two relay teams helped push the team point total over the school best mark as well with a pair of strong performances on the meet's final day.
The 4x400-meter relay unit – composed of freshmen Payton Barlow (White House, Tenn.) and Caroline Pruitt (Allen, Texas), sophomore Katrina Quigley (Nashville, Tenn.) and junior Annelise Doerr (Fountain Valley, Calif.) – ran to sixth place in 3:52.90. Belmont was eighth in the 4x100 relay when freshman Kelsey Kay Herring (Nashville, Tenn.) teamed up with Barlow, Pruitt and Quigley for a 48:36.
Pruitt also scored by placing sixth in the 400-meter hurdles in 1:05.39. Seniors Sally Larson (Fall City, Wash.) and Kiera Weems (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) wrapped up the placers. Larson was seventh in the 5,000 in 18:00.73 while Weems took eighth in the 1,500 in 4:48.95.
Belmont's track and field season is now completed with the exception of a few athletes who will perform at the NCAA East Preliminary Championships in two weeks in Tampa, Fla. The top 48 ranked athletes in the East Region qualify. Only Hibbard will make the cut for the Belmont women. She ranks 26th in the javelin.
FINAL WOMEN'S TEAM SCORES
1. Tennessee Tech 151
2. Murray St. 101
3. Tennessee St. 87
4. Eastern Kentucky 83
5. Southeast Missouri 80
6. Eastern Illinois 79
7. Jacksonville St. 70.5
8. SIUE 58
9. Austin Peay 54.5
10. Belmont 43
11. Tennessee-Martin 9
12. Morehead St. 3
BELMONT WOMEN'S RESULTS
8. Kiera Weems, sr. — 4:48.95
11. Caroline Daniel, fr. — 4:54.60
12. Jessica King, sr. — 4:57.96
7. Sally Larson, sr. — 18:00.73
9. Kortney Schardt, so. — 18:18.08
14. Sierra Lax, so. — 18:39.75
6. Caroline Pruitt, fr. — 1:05.39
6. Karly Hibbard, jr. — 13.49m (44-3.25)^