April 15, 2013
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Florida Atlantic University’s track and field team continues to excel in their final season competing in the Sun Belt Conference after the University of Miami’s Hurricane Alumni Invitational on Saturday, April 13.
The women’s 4x400 relay team finished in 3:43.01, taking first place at the invitational and putting them in the lead for the conference, beating North Texas’s mark. FAU’s team consisted of Danielle Aromashodu, Anna-Lisa Myers, Valerie Dixon and Tanisha Coppin.
Aromashodu extended her lead on top of the Sun Belt Conference performance list in the 400 meter hurdle. The junior has been in the lead for the entire outdoor season thus far. Her time of 59.22 was good for third place at the invitational. She now holds first place by more than two seconds over the next best time.
The Owls also had five competitors set school records. Ariell Burrell took ninth place in the javelin event with 23.27 meters, the 10th best finish in FAU history.
Jessica Jetmore finished the pole vault with a new personal record of 3.28 meters which improved her fifth-place all-time record. Jetmore’s teammate Madison Hovell placed Florida Atlantic’s eighth best finish with 2.88 meters and finished in 10th place at the meet.
Demetria Brown’s sixth place finish in the triple jump was seventh best in school history at 10.84 meters. Lauren Walton ran her personal best in the 400 meter hurdles, finishing in sixth place with 1:01.16, and fifth best in school history.
Michael Vidal competed in the 3000 meter with a final time of 8:38.69 taking first place. Vidal finished nearly nine-seconds ahead of the next best time. The sophomore now holds Florida Atlantic’s records for the 800 meter, 1,500 meter, 3,000 meter and 5,000 meter.
The following Florida Atlantic athletes also placed in the top-10 at the Hurricane Alumni Invitational:
- Stacy Paton, 1500 meter, (7th, 4:57.27)
- Kathryn CoDyre, 1500 meter, (8th, 4:58,57)
- Anna-Lisa Myers, 400 meter, (5th, 56.04)
- Tanisha Coppin, 400 meter, (8th, 57.45)
- Valerie Dixon, 800 meter, (10th, 2:14.42)
- Kia Heller-Spencer, 3000 meter, (9th, 11:19.22)
- Kathryn CoDyre, 3000 meter, (10th, 11:20.16)
- Lauren Walton, Caitlin Jackson, Christina Ricci, Stacy Paton, 4x400 relay, (7th, 4:06.81)
- Candice Patrick, Megan Bary, Tara Cripe , Meghan Jennerjahn, 4x400 relay, (8th, 4:32.69)
Florida Atlantic University will continue outdoor track season at the University of Florida’s Tom Jones Memorial Invitational in Gainesville, Florida on Saturday, April 20.