March 31, 2014
MIAMI, Fla. – The Florida Atlantic University track and field team returned to Miami over the weekend to compete in the University of Miami Invitational. The day ended with multiple new personal records and improved conference rankings.
Danielle Aromashodu finished second in the 400 meter hurdles with a final time of 59.45. She is now ranked 13th in the East Region and 21st in the nation, while still holding onto first in Conference USA. Lauren Walton and Caitlin Jackson also competed in the event finishing in fifth and sixth-place, respectively. Regina Wilkerson finished fifth in the 100 meter dash with a final time of 11.86, FAU’s top finish for the event. Wilkerson is now ranked in the conference for both the 100 meter and 200.
Valerie Dixon crossed the finish line first in the 800 meter run with a final time of 2:21.72. FAU came in second in the 4x400 meter relay finishing in 3:42.77. The team, consisting of Aromashodu, Sitia Martinez, Deja Jones and Tanisha Coppin, is now ranked third in the conference and set the fourth-best time in school history.
The Owls also set many new personal records at the invitational. Tara Cripe finished third in the 1500 meter run with a final time of 4:53.29. Cripe also set a new personal record in the 800 meter finishing in 2:27.48. FAU’s Chloe Sell also ran in the 800 finishing in 2:35.12, a new PR. Kia Heller-Spencer set a huge new PR by about 20 seconds in the 1500, finishing in 5:07.29.
In the 4x100 meter relay, FAU finished third with a final time of 46.67. The team included Jones, Martinez, Nicole Poole and Wilkerson. Coppin finished the 400 meter with FAU’s best time. The sophomore earned fifth-place with a final time of 56.36. For the field events, Ashley Stewart and Keeana Lewis tied in the women’s high jump. The pair hit 1.50 meters for fourth-place. Mar’rhea Everheart finished second in the long jump, recording 5.40 meters in the finals.
FAU will travel to Gainesville to compete in the UF Florida Relays starting on Thursday, April 3. The relays will conclude on Sunday, April 6.