February 24th, 2013

Women's track & field repeat as GLVC champs

Chris Cooper

Bellarmine University Asst. S.I.D.

Women's track & field repeat as GLVC champs
photo from bellarmine.edu/athletics

Guys place fifth in conference meet

INDIANAPOLIS  --- Getting strong performances across the board, the Bellarmine women's indoor track and field team was able to retain its title by capturing the Great Lakes Valley Conference Championship on Saturday. The men's team also had numerous outstanding performances in taking fifth place.

On the women's side, Bellarmine made a clean sweep of the postseason awards. Angela Musk was named GLVC Track Athlete of the Year, Meghan Jones was honored as Field Athlete of the Year, Kaysee O'Bannon picked up Freshman of the Year honors and Jim Vargo was named the league's Coach of the Year.

Bellarmine held off host UIndy for the women's team title by winning five individual events and both relays. Musk and Jones were responsible for all five of the individual wins, with Musk taking home the 800-meter and mile titles, while Jones took the 200, 400 and high jump.

Jones ran the anchor leg of the 4x400 relay, with Tori Goodwin, Madison Roark and Kristin Hamrick joining the junior from Greenville, Ind. The distance medley relay, which won the event last year on its way to All-America honors at the NCAAs, was made up of Maggie Wagner, Roark, Jenna Lee and Musk.

But the title was not won on first place finishes alone, as the Knights showed superior depth during the two-day meet. Wagner, Lee and Roark were  third, fourth and fifth, respectively, in the 800, while Nora Bowe (third) and Hayden Kelly (fourth) backed up Jones in the high jump.

Meanwhile, O'Bannon notched third-place finishes in the 60 and 200.

Heptathlete Ben Kolb was the only individual winner for the men's team, amassing 5,040 points to shatter his own school record of 4,604. Kolb won three of the seven events and placed second in two others to win the heptathlon by more than 400 points.


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