Feb. 12, 2012
BOSTON, MA - The Florida Atlantic track squad traveled over 1,200 miles on Friday and brought back a #1 finish, a new school record and seven top 10 finishes at the BU Valentine Invitational meet.
Finishing first overall and continuing her recent stretch of success in the triple jump was senior Ashani Roberts, who won the event on her final jump of the competition. Though she didn't break the school record that she herself has achieved twice in this indoor season, her final jump of 12.13 meters was enough to move her from second place into the top spot in Boston.
In the 5,000-meter run, senior Rebecca Hallam finished 7th overall, and her time of 16:50.18 broke the FAU indoor record that she herself had set nearly two years ago to the day (16:54.67 on February 7, 2010). The native of Dundas, Ontario, Canada, now ranks atop the Sun Belt Conference rankings in the 5,000 meters, by more than 20 seconds over her nearest competitor.
Also having a very successful meet was a third senior, Annakay Dennis, who moved into second place in the FAU record books in two different events. Her time of 24.65 in the 200 meters gave her a 4th place finish, and her time of 56.13 in the 400 meters was good enough for 7th overall. Both of those times place Dennis, as of this moment, near the top of the leaderboard in the SBC rankings. She is second in the 400 and third in the 200.
Roberts also had a top-10 finish in the long jump, finishing 9th (5.26 meters), just one place and one-tenth of a meter behind teammate Joelle Etienne (8th, 5.27 meters). In the triple jump, finishing just behind Roberts in 5th place overall was Tatiana David, with a long leap of 11.45 meters.
The FAU track and field squad now sets their sights on the Sun Belt Conference Indoor Championships, to be held in less than two weeks. The meet will begin on Saturday, February 25 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University.