March 24, 2014
MIAMI, Fla. - Danielle Aromashodu claimed victory in the 400 meter hurdles to conclude the Hurricane Invitational on Saturday, Florida Atlantic University’s first outdoor track meet of the 2014 season. The senior crossed the finish line in 59.65, to rank first in Conference USA and 10th in the nation.
Aromashodu’s finish marks her fastest opening of the outdoor season since joining the Owls as a freshman. Teammate Sitia Martinez also competed in the event in her collegiate outdoor season debut finishing fifth with a final time of 1:02.99. Martinez is ranked fifth in the conference, the top ranking by a freshman for the 400 hurdles.
“It’s a great beginning to the outdoor season after having a couple of weeks to recover from indoors, it really looks like we opened up with a bang” said Head Coach Alex Smolka.
In the 100 meter dash, Regina Wilkerson recorded the Owls’ top finish coming in fifth with a final time of 12.00. Wilkerson’s time puts the freshman 10th on FAU’s all-time top-times list and sixth in the conference. Deja Jones followed finishing sixth in 12.03 and ninth in the conference with a personal record. Amanda Worley also recorded a new personal record for the event with a final time of 12.71.
Worley then competed in the 200 meter dash taking FAU’s top finish with a final time of 25.76 for 16th-place. Elana Ainsley followed in 17th-place crossing the finish line in 25.89. Ashley Stewart, Mar’rhe Everheart, Nicole Poole also ran in the 200 meter. All of FAU’s competitors in the event set new personal records.
For the distance events, Chloe Sell was the Owls’ top finisher earning third-place and setting a personal record in the 1500 meter run with a final time of 4:53.32. Tara Cripe finished fifth in 4:53.51 also setting a new personal record.
FAU will continue its outdoor season on Saturday, March 29, returning back to the University of Miami for the UM Invitational.