NEW YORK - The Florida Atlantic University track and field team competed at The Armory in New York City on Friday, in the highly-competitive Columbia Challenge portion of the Dr. Sander Invitational, and had more than a half-dozen top-12 results, while placing a handful more in an event's top 20. With over 40 squads competing, as a team, FAU came in 14th, and set a new school record in the 4x200 meter relay.
- The top individual Owl on Friday was Esther Mitchell in her debut meet, leaping 11.34 meters to place fourth overall among 20 competing in the triple jump. That is now the fifth-longest mark in program history
- Mitchell also slotted 21st in the long jump (4.99 meters)
- Also notching a top-10 finish was Anne-Catherine Wasser, eighth in the 400 meters, crossing in 58 seconds flat
- The 800 meters saw three Owls in the top 15: Erica Lersch was eighth, and her time of 2:16.87 was just a shade off her PR set on opening weekend (2:16.80). Mikaela Jonsson was just behind her, in ninth (2:17.52), and Carydaliz Fontanez finished 15th (2:21.22)
- In the mile, Jonsson came in 14 seconds faster than her previous best and in 11th place, at 5:02.06. That is now seventh on the FAU all-time record list
- The aforementioned 4x200 team crossed the line in first place, combining for a time of 1:42.02. The relay was made up of Ana Holland, Crystal McDougle, Wasser and Sherline Valentin
- Chloe' Jenkins cleared 1.50 meters in the high jump to rank 12th overall
- Holland placed 14th in the 60 meters, running a 7.77 (now 11th on the program's all-time list), and was 18th in the 200 (25.75)
- Just behind her in that 60 time, in 23rd, was McDougle (7.87), and she also finished 12th in the 60 meter hurdles (8.74, a new personal record)
- Just off her PR and in 20th place in the 60 hurdles was Cassidy Smith (9.03)
- In the 5,000 meters, Christina Schultz was 14th, and only milliseconds behind her PR (18:04.82 to 18:04.17 previously)
- Sophia Clark was well ahead of her prior fastest time in the 5,000, where she placed 23rd. She ran an 18:43.88, almost 20 seconds better (19:02.89)
- In the same race, Morgan Graff was a spot behind Clark in 24th, breaking the 19-minute barrier at 18:57.98
"Being at a meet of this a high level certainly allowed us to gain lots of experience, which will be beneficial in three weeks' time at the conference championship," said Head Coach Alex Smolka.
The final meet of the indoor regular season sees the Owls travel to Boston for next weekend's BU Bruce Lehane Scarlet and White Invitational. The two-day event is next Friday and Saturday, Feb. 2-3.