ATLANTA, Ga. - The 2019 portion of the ASUN Conference Women's Indoor Track & Field season began over the weekend with three teams in competition across three different states. Several program and personal records were set on the opening weekend of the new year including several marks that rank high in the NCAA.
Competing at the ETSU Invitational, Kennesaw State opened up the season with a multitude of victories as Jordan Gray earned Most Valuable Field Performer honors as she earned victories in the shot put (13.94m), long jump (6.45m) and 60-meter hurdles (8.57), while adding a second-place finish in the high jump (1.63m). Her long jump performance of 6.45m (21'2) set the school and facility record in the event and currently sits as the top distance in the NCAA and second-best in the world this year. Freshman Brenda Ayuk added a win in the mile run with her time of 5:02.63. Julija Tarvide grabbed first in the high jump ahead of Gray with a mark of 1.76m to set the program record in the event. Two other Owls earned event victories with Trezha Berryman in the triple jump (11.96m) and Nia Seldon taking the weight throw (17.65m).
Jacksonville took to the UAB Vulcan Invitational on Saturday in Birmingham as the defending ASUN Indoor Track & Field Champions opened their season against a field consisting of LSU, Mississippi State, Miami, UAB, Jacksonville State, MTSU, UT Martin among others. The Dolphins registered eight top-five finishes and one event win as Hayleigh Palotti grabbed a victory in the 800-meter run with her time of 2:13.58. Savyon Toombs set the program's indoor time for the 200-meter dash as she finished as runner-up in 23.68. Sade Meeks' set a personal best in the weight throw with her top toss of 17.73m to earn runner-up as well. Nora McUmber and Adja Sackor each claimed bronze honors with McUmber in the mile (5:02.51) and Sackor in the long jump (5.60m).
NJIT faced off in two meets with the Ramapo Season Opener and Spartan Regional Invitation, Miku Okada took fourth in the high jump with a height of 1.60m followed by Esther Daramola and Sydne Nance, who rounded out the top 10. Daramola placed 10th in the long jump with a distance of 5.04m while Nance took seventh in the 400 meter run at 1:00.93. In the shot put, senior Shannon Turner turned in an eighth place performance with a distance of 13.68m to set a new NJIT record. NJIT's distance medley, which consisted of Chloe Jelley, Sae Almeida, Stuti Vyas and Kelly DiCristina placed third with a time of 13:15.31. Competing in the Ramapo Season Opener, freshman Elyssa Stephano placed 11th in the 400 meter run.
|ASUN's Weekly Top Performers|
|60m||Shalah Smiling, Jacksonville (7.58)|
|200m||Savyon Tooms, Jacksonville (23.68)|
|400m||Sadae Davidson, Jacksonville (57.14)|
|800m||Hayleigh Palotti, Jacksonville (2:13.58)|
|Mile||Nora McUmber, Jacksonville (5:02.51)|
|3000m||Caitlyn Farrell, Kennesaw State (10:54.38)|
|5000m||Katie Meyer, Kennesaw State (18:37.42)|
|60 Hurdles||Jordan Gray, Kennesaw State (8.57)|
|Distance Medley||Jacksonville (11:56.47)|
|High Jump||Julija Tarvide, Kennesaw State (1.76m)|
|Long Jump||Jordan Gray, Kennesaw State (6.45m)|
|Triple Jump||Adja Sackor, Jacksonville (12.06m)|
|Shot Put||Sade Meeks, Jacksonville (14.38m)|
|Weight Throw||Sade Meeks, Jacksonville (17.73m)|