By: Alex Ziolkowski, Contributing Writer
Towson competed in its first ever 49er Classic hosted by University of North Carolina Charlotte in Charlotte, North Carolina with 11 top-10 finishes in different events and a pair of school records.
“We had never seen or heard of the majority of the teams,” Head Coach Mike Jackson said.
The 4×100 meter team, consisting of junior sprinter Zanae Freeland, freshmen Rachel Largea, Liz Reid and Ariana Waller, combined for a fourth place finish with a time of 46.80 seconds.
“The four by one team broke a school record, and all were ECAC qualifying times,” Jackson said.
In the 4×400 meter relay the team of Freeland, junior Megan Kelly, freshman sprinter Liz Reid and fifth year senior Emily Wager took third place with a time of 3:52.79 minutes.
“All together great weather but the wind was strong,” Jackson said. “Zanae has a personal best and a school record that might not be ECAC [Eastern College Athletic Conference] legal.”
Junior Megan Knoblock ran the 5000-meter dash in 17:24.26 minutes, finishing in fourth place.
Knoblock’s feat is now the third fastest time in program history and recorded on the Tiger top 10 list.
Senior Ashleigh Stallings took second place in the javelin throw with a distance of 41.8 meters (135’11”).
Freeland also qualified for the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes during the preliminaries.
Knoblock accomplished fourth place in 17:24.56 minutes during the 5000-meter dash finale. She reached a new personal best and made second on the Tiger Top 10 list.
Senior Jader Godsy climbed to fourth on the Tiger top 10 list after her performance in the hammer throw with a distance of 45.60 meters (149’7”).
Junior pole vaulters Brynn Warrington and Courtney Rose tied for third place with heights of 3.50 meters (11’5.75”) while senior Maggie Rampolla tied for seventh clearing 3.50 meters.
Jackson initially intended for the women to split into two squads and compete in meets in Florida and Virginia in two weeks. Instead he has opted out of the meet in Florida.
Now those who qualified will attend the Colonial Relay hosted by William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia from March 31 to April 2.
“All eyes are on the conference championship in May,” Jackson said.
Following the Colonial Relay in Williamsburg, Virginia, the Tigers will host the Towson Invitational at Johnny Unitas Stadium. The meet is scheduled for Friday April 8.