April 9th, 2013

Numerous records set at Bellarmine Invitational

John Spugnardi

Bellarmine University S.I.D.

Numerous records set at Bellarmine Invitational
from www.bellarmine.edu

The Bellarmine University track and field program hosted the third anual Bellarmine Invitational Track and Field Meet on April 6 with more than 20 schools and 800 student-athletes competing.  The highly competitive field included schools from all three NCAA divisions as well as the NAIA.

The meet also allowed Bellarmine's track and Field team to raise more than $800 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation by providing free admission in exchange for a contribution.

Athletically, the meet was highly competitive with men athletes setting 13 meet records and nine stadium marks.  On the women's side, there were 15  meet records and 10 stadium bests.

For Bellarmine student-athletes, their performances were highlighted by a school record in the women's 4x100-meter relay as Kaysee O'Bannon, Meghan Jones, Cidnei Johnson and Olivia Wrocklage posted a time of 47.49. O'Bannon also added freshman outdoor record-breaking performances in the 100 and 200, running times of 12.21 and 24.59, respectively.

In the throws venue, Bellarmine's Courtney McIntyre established freshman records with heaves of 43.63 meters in the hammer and 12.36 in the shot put.

Emily Frith notched Bellarmine's only event win, taking the 1,500 in 4:41. 

For the Bellarmine men, Jonathan Neff's performance stood out with third-place finishes in the javelin and the shot put and a seventh-place finish in the hammer.

In terms of overall meet highlights, Elizabeth Evans of Rose-Hulman etched the “Bellarmine Invitational” name in the NCAA record books by establishing a Division III record in the high jump with a leap of 1.82 meters (5 feet, 11.5 inches) to win that event.

The Knights  head on the road this weekend with athletes competing at both the University of Tennessee's Sea Ray Relays and the Western Kentucky's Hilltopper Invitational.



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