Feb. 23, 2012
BOCA RATON, FL – In the three 2012 indoor meets that the Florida Atlantic track team has competed in, they have broken three school records and achieved a dozen times and distances that rank them in the top 10 amongst Sun Belt Conference competitors. They head to Murfreesboro, Tennessee this weekend, looking to add some Conference Champions to their list of accolades.
Distance runner Rebecca Hallam, at least on paper, is the clear favorite in the 5,000 meter race. She stands more than 25 seconds ahead of her nearest competitor, posting a time of 16:50.18 on February 10, which set the new FAU school record.
In that same meet, Annakay Dennis posted two times that ranks her amongst the top three Sun Belt runners. She is second overall in the 400 meters (56.13) and third in the 200 meters (24.65). Danielle Aromashodu also has a top time in the 400 meters (fifth, 57.55).
Another distance runner who has had success this season is Michelle Jax, with two top-10 times in separate events. In the mile, she ranks fifth in the SBC (5:01.92), and in the 3,000 meters, is sixth (9:55.63). Hallam is 9th amongst runners in the 3,000 meters, at a time of 10:06.67, while in the 5,000 meters, ranking eighth in the conference is Stacy Paton (18:31.61).
In the 800 meters, Valerie Dixon ran the eighth best time this season, with a 2:17.36 on January 22.
In field events, the top FAU competitor this indoor season has been triple jumper Ashani Roberts. On January 14, her jump of 11.99 meters broke the record she set last season (11.95 m). That record only lasted until the following week, when Roberts posted a 12.27-meter jump on January 22. That mark ranks her fifth overall in the conference.
Two relay squads also rank in the top 10, including the second-best 4X400 meter team. Posting a time of 3:51.15 on January 22 was the combination of Aromashodu, Dana Cannon, Dixon and Dennis. Also, ranking seventh in the conference, is the 4,000 distance medley squad. The team finishing with a time of 12:48.94 on January 14 was Helen Mann, Caitlin Jackson, Sarah Veazey and Megan Bary.
The Indoor Championships begin on Saturday with some field events and many trial heats. Most of the individual finals take place on Sunday, with all events held on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University.