May 13, 2013
MIRAMAR, Fla. – Florida Atlantic University’s track team concluded their 2013 outdoor track season on Sunday evening at the Sun Belt Conference Outdoor Track Championships. The Owls’ performance was highlighted by five top-10 finishes, including Danielle Aromashodu’s win in the 400 meter hurdles finals.
Aromashodu took first in the preliminaries on Saturday with a time of 58.68, beating her previously held school record of 59.16 set in 2011. The junior’s finish in the finals bettered her school record set on Saturday as she finished in 58.33. This is Aromashodu’s third consecutive Sun Belt title in the event which she is now ranked 13th in the east and 24th in the country for. Teammate Lauren Walton finished less than three seconds behind Aromashodu to take third place and set a new personal record (1:01.09).
Anna-Lisa Myers sixth place finish in the 400 meters on Saturday (55.29) qualified the senior for finals, where she improved her time, setting a new personal record, to take fourth-place (55.08). Valerie Dixon competed in the 800 meters, finishing in seventh with a final time of 2:18.78.
To round out the top-10 finishes for Florida Atlantic, the 4x400 relay team finished in 3:42.27, good for third-place. The team consisted of Aromashodu, Myers, Dixon, and Tanisha Coppin.
Sunday’s championship schedule also included the 1500 meter and 5000 meter running events. Senior Stacy Paton’s participation in the 1500 earned her 12th place (4:53.27).
The Owls’ team included seven finishers in the 5000 meters, with Chloe Sell achieving the best time for FAU of 18:36.98 for 19th place. Paton finished in 32nd for the team’s next best time for the event (19:03.92). Colleen Mcauliffe, Megan Bary, Kia Heller-Spencer, Helen Mann and Tara Cripe finished in 34th, 35th, 38th, 40th and 41st, respectively. Heller-Spencer finished in 19:48.54, setting a new personal best.
Demetria Brown and Ronja Siekmann competed in the day’s field events. Brown took the 17th finish in the triple jump with 10.83 meters. Siekmann then came in 10th-place for the javelin throw (36.39 m).
The past weekend marked Florida Atlantic University’s track team’s last time competing in the Sun Belt Conference. The team will join Conference USA for the 2014 competitive season.