JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - For the second straight season the Kennesaw State Owls took home the ASUN Conference Women's Outdoor Track and Field Championship. The Owls finished with 261 points, just 12.5 points shy of the mark they set last season
Freshman Aliyah Whisby got off to a huge lead in the heptahtlon on Friday winning the first four events and she carried that dominance into Saturday. Whisby won the long jump with a leap of 5.46 meters, before finishing second and fifth in both the javelin and 800m, falling two events short of sweeping all seven events. The Owls took second and third, as Jessica Watkins and Alexis Starks finished with scores of 4,602 and 4,146. Whisby's day wasn't done yet, as she took first in both the high-jump with a leap of 1.69m. She finished the Championship as the Most Valuable Performer, becoming just the second freshman to win the honor since 2010.
The afternoon on the women's side got started with a pair of field events; the triple jump and the discus. Kennesaw State earned another win as Megan Douglas took the top spot with a heave of 46.59m, besting the second place finisher, teammate Jade Hudson, by seven meters. Jacksonville's freshman Sade Meek took home her third medal of the championship, finishing third with a toss of 39.43m.
The Dolphins picked up their first win of the afternoon, as two-time ASUN MVP, Stormm Phillips took first place in the triple jump with a wind aided 13.12m. KSU's De'Von Johnson garnered a second place finish with a leap of 12.79m, while JU's Brittany Bowald took third at 12.40m. JU kept winning, as Michelle Howell took first in the 1500m and 800m with a times of 4:31.71 and 2:08.36. JU's freshman, Pashen Williams, picked up a victory in the 400m dash, edging out Hallie Grimes of North Florida with a time of 53.96 seconds. Jacksonville's 4x100m relay team of Victoria Guerra, Shalah Smiling, Pashen Williams and Stormm Phillips reigned supreme by finishing in first with a time of 45.43 seconds. The Owls finished in second, while Upstate finished in third.
USC Upstate picked up their first win on the women's side, as freshman Sarah Hill raced to a victory in the 100m dash with a time of 11.49m. Hill also earned another first place finish in the 200m dash, clocking in with a time of 23.64 seconds.
KSU's Jordan Gray brought home the victory in the javelin with a toss of 39.51m. NJIT's Alyssa Mitchko finished second at 37.14m and Alexis Starks of KSU finished third at 32.60m. The Owls also picked up another win in the 100m hurdles, as Jocselyn Powell finished in first with a program-record time of 13.23 seconds. She would get another win in the 400m hurdles with a time of 59.80 seconds, just a second off her own ASUN record.
Lipscomb's Courtney Brenner, the ASUN leader in the 5000m, brought home a victory with a time of 16.39.03. The Bisons swept the event, as Julia Fritz and Katie Sperry finished in second and third.
FINAL TEAM STANDINGS
Kennesaw State - 261 points
Jacksonville - 190 points
North Florida - 81 points
Lipscomb - 54 points
USC Upstate - 41 points
NJIT - 19 points