Feb. 27, 2012
MURFREESBORO, TN - The Florida Atlantic women's track team set two new school records and had seven top-10 finishes as the Sun Belt Indoor Championships wrapped up on Sunday, with one runner missing out on a first-place finish by one-one-hundredth of a second.
After qualifying for two finals with top times on Saturday, including the fastest mark in the 400-meter dash, Annakay Dennis fell in the shortest of possible margins in that race. She posted a new school record-setting 55.59, but fell to the winning 55.58 to finish as runner-up.
Dennis also qualified for and competed in the 200-meter final, where she was fifth overall with a time of 24.62.
Also setting a new indoor standard on Sunday for the Owls was Ashani Roberts in the triple jump. On her third leap of the day, the Miami native broke her own record for the third time this season, a jump of 12.33 meters. That earned her a fifth-place finish in the event.
Two distance runners also each picked up their second top-10 finish of the weekend, as Michelle Jax was eighth in the 1-mile run (5:08.59), while Rebecca Hallam placed fourth in the 5,000 meters (17:19.14).
In the 800-meters, Valerie Dixon, who posted the fourth-fastest time in Saturday's preliminaries, ended up eighth in the finals on Sunday, at 2:16.19.
The track team will begin its outdoor season in Coral Gables, in the UM Hurricane Invitational, March 16.