Women’s Track and Field Sets Records at A-10 Championships
FAIRFAX, Va. – Davidson women’s track and field wanted to carry over their season’s momentum into the weekend and they did just that Saturday and Sunday at the Atlantic 10 Outdoor Championship at George Mason Stadium.
The Wildcats scored an A-10 era record 65 points to place sixth overall in the team race and reset eight school records in the process.
“This has been one of the most special weekends of my career,” said Director of Women’s Track & Field Jen Straub. “The entire team pulled together and we saw so many school records shattered, we saw many personal bests, but most importantly, we competed with a great deal of heart and grit!”
The ‘Cats got things started early Sunday, resetting the 4×100-meter relay record. The team of Cassandra Blau, Kate Carnevale, Meghan Corso and Kierra Marshall raced the baton around the track in 47.51 seconds, breaking their own mark from the USC Open earlier this season. Soon after, Carnevale became the first woman to score for Davidson in the 100-meter dash in A-10 championship competition, placing seventh with a time of 12.30 seconds.
Junior Anna Davis broke her record in the 400-meter hurdles for the sixth time in as many tries, this time earning a spot on the podium for her efforts. Anna Davis became the first Wildcat ever under 60 seconds, stopping the clock at 59.87 seconds and claimed second place. Freshman Chloe Davis made the finals with her teammate and took seventh.
Junior Bianca Nolde-Lopez wrapped up a dominant season with a bronze medal in the 400-meter run. Nolde-Lopez broke her own record for the second time this weekend, stopping the clock at 54.60 seconds.
Nolde-Lopez picked up another piece of hardware as the anchor of the record-setting, bronze medalist 4×400-meter relay team. Her, Anna Davis, Rachel Horowitz and Marquia Humphries stopped the clock at 3:43.45.
All three relays medaled as the 4×800-meter relay was not be denied. Seniors Eleni Daughters and Grace Loehr and sophomores Liz Simms and Kelsey Troutman cruised to a second-place podium spot in 8:59.96. Daughters also picked up points in the open 800-meter run with a fifth-place result.
After breaking the program’s 100-meter hurdle record Saturday, sophomore Hannah Kanjian placed fourth overall in the heptathlon, scoring 4783 points. Junior Hazel Tankard placed and registered 4126 points.
“I want to thank Coach Vahrenkamp and Coach Doyle for working so hard to help us achieve our best showing since entering the A-10! The future looks bright and I am just so happy to be a part of such a special family!”