KIRKSVILLE, MO (WFIE) - The University of Southern Indiana women’s track and field team finished tied for seventh out of 11 teams at the 2019 Great Lakes Valley Conference Outdoor Championships over the weekend with a new school record in the 4x100m relay.
Junior Hope Jones (Cumberland, Indiana) crossed the line in the 5,000m run in second for a second team All-GLVC performance with a time of 17:34.29. Sophomore Jennifer Comastri (Indianapolis, Indiana) crossed over the line in second in the 10,000m run in 36:42.85 on Thursday for the second All-GLVC performance of the meet. Comastri followed up with a third-place finish in the 5,000m as well just behind Jones in 17:46.67.
Freshman Presley Warren (Henderson, Kentucky) crossed the line third in the 1500m run with a new USI season best time of 4:40.42 for third place. Freshman Emma Brown (Evansville, Indiana) finished seventh in the 800m finals with a personal best time of 2:20.65. Freshman Sheniya Brown (Indianapolis, Indiana) crossed the finish line in seventh during the 100m dash finals in 12.50. Brown also turned around and aided the 4x100m relay team with a school record time of 50.09 with sophomore Dakota Gates (Columbus, Indiana), sophomore Ralen Campbell (Indianapolis, Indiana), and freshman Amy McGahey (Robinson, Illinois). The 4x400m relay team bounced back with the squad of freshman Sarah Lonneman (Terre Haute, Indiana), Emma Brown, freshman Franchesca Laurencio (Harrisburg, Illinois), and Warren for sixth, stopping the clock in 4:09.84. This time was one second away from a school record.
USI compiled 35 points en route to tying for seventh with Missouri S&T while edging out Drury, William Jewell, and Illinois-Springfield who all finished ninth, tenth, and eleventh, respectively. Lewis won the meet with 180 points, edging out Indianapolis by half a point with 179.5 in second. McKendree (116), Maryville (71), and Truman State (70.5) round out the top five.
The Eagles will split squads in Naperville, Illinois for the Dr. Keeler Invitational and in Montevallo, Alabama for the Falcon Finale on May 9-11 for those on the borderline of qualifying for the NCAA II Outdoor Championships.