BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The women’s indoor track team at Appalachian State University became the first athletic program to bring home a Sun Belt Conference Championship on Tuesday at the SBC Indoor Championships.
The Mountaineers finished with 101.5 total points, edging Texas State, who finished with 99.5. Arkansas State (96) was third, followed by Georgia State and South Alabama tied for fourth with 82 points. Texas-Arlington (65) was sixth, Troy (42) placed seventh, Arkansas-Little Rock (32) and Louisiana-Lafayette (32) finished in a tie for eighth, Georgia Southern (28) placed 10th and Louisiana-Monroe (2) finished 11th.
App State scored points in 13 different events, including victories in the 3000-meter run and 5000-meter run from junior Tristin Van Ord.
“It’s exciting knowing this is the first Sun Belt team title at Appalachian State, but the fact that we were the ones to get it done makes it that much more special. This is what we were striving for and we thought it would take a couple years, but we did it, and I couldn’t be prouder. This championship helps to verify our move to the Sun Belt and the higher level of competition,” said head coach John Weaver.
The Mountaineers also had a good performance from Darlene Girardeau. The junior scored points in three different events, including a third place finish in the 60-meter dash, a sixth place finish in the 200-meter dash and a seventh place finish in the long jump.
Six other women were able to score points in multiple events, showing the versatility and skill level that this team has developed throughout the season.
“There is no doubt in my mind that this championship comes down to the level of student-athletes that we’ve been able to recruit here,” said Weaver. “Those student-athletes have bought in to what we’re teaching and because of that, we were able to accomplish this goal faster than we thought we would. This is a very special group of young women.”
Appalachian State individual results
60-meter dash: Darlene Girardeau (third) – 7.50 seconds
200-meter dash: Darlene Girardeau (sixth) – 24.53 seconds
800-meter run: Shelby Howell (seventh) – 2:16
Mile run: Torre Moser (fourth) – 5:02, Elisa Sargent (sixth) – 5:08, Maria Stickley (11th) – 5:15
3000-meter run: Tristin Van Ord (first) – 9:43, Samantha Campanaro (10th) – 10:10, Dana Cox (11th) – 10:12, Emily Fedders (14th) – 10:27
5000-meter run: Tristin Van Ord (first) – 16:47, Samantha Campanaro (sixth) – 17:23, Dana Cox (12th) – 17:45, Brittany Williams (13th) – 18:01, Emily Fedders (15th) – 18:18
4×400 relay: Imani Chapman, Phylissa Greeley, Shelby Howell, Catherine Crawford (11th) – 3:58
Distance medley: Elisa Sargent, Shelby Howell, Sarah Hoffert, Torre Moser (second) – 11:56
High jump: Hunter Welborn (second) – five feet, 8.75 inches, Makayla Roten (third) – five feet, 7.75 inches, Audrey Florence (seventh) – five feet, 5.25 inches
Pole vault: Taylor Drummonds (fourth) – 12 feet, 3.5 inches, Lainey Hunnicutt (11th) – 11 feet, 4.5 inches, Hannah Emery (13th) – 11 feet, 4.5 inches
Long jump: Chelsey Hargrave (third) – 19 feet, 1.25 inches, Darlene Girardeau (seventh) – 18 feet, 10.5 inches, K’Lynn Beal (18th) – 17 feet, 6.25 inches
Triple jump: Kaytlyn Gill (third) – 41 feet, 2.25 inches, Chelsey Hargrave (fourth) – 40 feet, 4.75 inches, K’Lynn Beal (11th) – 38 feet, 4.75 inches
Shot put: Brianna Tate (sixth) – 49 feet, 4.5 inches
Weight throw: Brianna Tate (fifth) – 58 feet, 5.75 inches, India McWhorter (ninth) – 56 feet, four inches
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