May 14, 2012
LAFAYETTE, LA - On the final day of the 2012 Sun Belt Conference Championships, Danielle Aromashodu successfully defended her SBC title in the 400 meter hurdles, while after all the points were tallied, Tatiana David broke the school record in the heptathlon, as the three-day meet concluded from Louisiana-Lafayette.
Aromashodu improved her Saturday qualifying time by nearly a full second, running her fastest time in over a year at 59.59, to win the championship race. That time is also the third fastest mark in school history. The sophomore qualified for the NCAA Regionals for the second straight year, though she did not compete last year due to injury. This season's meet will be held in Jacksonville beginning May 24.
David, with personal records in six of the seven events in the heptathlon, ended up totaling 4,396 points to finish seventh overall. The freshman broke the four-year old school record previously held by Amber McGillicuddy in the 2008 Championships (4,275 points).
In the final event of the meet, the 4x400 meter relay team finished as runners-up while running the third fastest time ever in FAU history. The combination of Aromashodu, Anna-Lisa Myers, Valerie Dixon and Annakay Dennis finished in a time of 3:44.04.
On Sunday, senior Rebecca Hallam added two more top-10 finishes in the final day of her final meet at FAU. After a runner-up finish on Friday in the 10,000 meters, Hallam placed fifth in the 5,000 meters (17:37.24, her fourth-best finish at FAU and the fifth-fastest time in school history) and was seventh in the 1,500 meters at 4:47.61.
Michelle Jax followed up her second-place finish in the 3,000 meter steeplechase with an eighth place run in the 1,500 meters (4:48.87). Also running along with Hallam and Jax in the 1,500 were Stacy Paton, who finished 14th at 18:35.43, Lawton (19:57.20), Tara Cripe (20:03.70, a new PR) and Patrick (20:43.41).
In the 400 meters, both Dennis and Myers qualified for the finals. Dennis set a new PR by running a 55.45 and finishing fourth, while Myers, after setting her PR on Saturday in the preliminaries (55.49), ran a 56.73 on Sunday to finish seventh.
Finally, David and Ashani Roberts competed in the triple jump. Roberts, who suffered a recent injury, finished eighth at 11.93 meters. David, in her eighth event of the Championships, ranked 10th with a long leap of 11.46 meters.