Charleston, WV—The MBU outdoor track squad started their outdoor campaign on Saturday at the 7th Annual Golden Eagle Invitational, hosted by the University of Charleston. There were 10 teams competing, all of them Division II except for the Fighting Squirrels. Despite the competition level, the team was able to hold their own, finishing tied for 7th overall.
Freshman Kemper Snyder scored in three of her four events. She placed 6th in the 200 meter run, 7th in both the long jump and 100 hurdles, and 9th in the 100m run. In doing so, she scored 7 points, half of the team’s point total, as well as setting two new school records in both the 100m and 100 hurdles.
Jaquelin Rosas continued with her distance running success, placing 6th in the 5000 meter run. She raced to a 17-second PR, breaking the school record by over 2 minutes. Her efforts gave the team 3 more points.
Also scoring in the 5k was sophomore Jo Reeder. She garnered 1 point for the team total by finishing in 8th with a personal best, and also beat the previous school record by over a minute. Her time was 4:00 faster than her first 5k at the start of the 2017 season.
In the 800 meter run, Sonje Green also ran a school record time in her first-ever outdoor race.
Coach Ely thought the meet was a great start to the season. “We are really happy with how the team competed today. There were many opportunities for excuses: cold, wind, etc. But everyone gave their best effort, and it showed. To have broken four school records and set a few PRs—was a wonderful start to the season. It bodes well for the remaining meets.”
The team competes next in Lexington on March 16-17 at the W&L Track & Field Carnival.