Track & Field: Starting on the right Foot

By: Jordan Cope, Assistant Sports Editor 

Towson competed in its first indoor meet of the season Tuesday, Dec. 1 at the Navy Lid Lifter and shattered a school record in the indoor 4×400-meter relay.

“It was a local meet with local talent,” Head Coach Mike Jackson said. “It was a great way to get started. Tuesday is not the most fun day to have a meet, especially coming off of Thanksgiving, but they were able to pull things together and I thought that it was a solid start.”

The team of freshman Liz Reid, juniors Zanae Freeland and Amanda Famularo, and senior Kelsey Fiddes, finished the 4×400-meter relay race in second place with a time of 3:53.91, breaking the 2009 record of 3:54.25.

“At the end of the day, if you play to win great things can happen,” Jackson said. “They definitely went out there and were aggressive, but at the end of the day 3:53 is a pedestrian division one time in my opinion. Based on where we are as a program, it is definitely a great sign and I am really glad to see the direction we are headed.”

Freeland also finished third in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.79. Freshmen Rachel Laryea and Arianna Waller finished just behind and tied for tenth place with a time of 8.03, which ties the ninth fasted time in school history.

“Zanae is hardworking, communicative and one of our best in every way,” Jackson said. “She has some great leadership qualities, a great attitude and represents our program really well, but we still have to work on some mechanics for her too. I’ve looked at the tape a few times and it’s given me an opportunity to look at what we need to do to help her get even better.”

In the 200-meter dash, Waller finished in second place with a time of 25.44. Freeland finished just behind Waller in third place with a time of 25.63, and Reid finished just behind Freeland in fourth place with a time of 25.67.

Senior Wilhelmina Austin tied a personal best and placed fifth in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 9.31. Sophomore Brittany Shields finished in seventh with a time of 9.36.

In the field events, the Tigers had a trio of top-10 finishes in the 20-lb weight throw. Senior Jader Godsey finished in seventh (13.75-meters), freshman Lauren Coleman followed in eighth (13.14-meters) and senior Leone Evans-Anfom finished 10th  (12.17-meters).

In the triple jump event, Austin placed second and set an indoor personal best with 11.46-meters.

In the pole vault event, junior Brynn Washington placed second and set an indoor personal best with a height of 3.45-meters. Senior Maggie Rampolla followed in third place with a height of 3.30 meters and junior Courtney Rose placed sixth with a height of 3.15-meters.

“I thought they had a solid performance,” Jackson said. “Anytime you have a personal best it’s always encouraging. I have a strong pole vault background, so I am big on that event and I think that they will be able to do very well this year in conference and be able to score some big time points for us.”

The Tigers will have a month off before competing at George Mason’s Father Diamond Invitational Jan. 9 in Fairfax, Virginia.

 

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