BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The Florida Atlantic University track and field team opened the season on Friday at the Blazer Invitational held at the Birmingham CrossPlex.
- Mikaela Jonsson finished third overall among 26 runners in the 1000 meter run, and was just one of five runners under three minutes - and the first in school history to break that barrier - in a time of 2:58.84
- The women had the top three finishers in the 5,000 meters, with Christina Schultz first across the line in 18:17. Sophia Clark was runner-up (19:11), followed by Morgan Graff, who ran a 19:17 in her first indoor meet
- Garnering a seventh-place finish in the 3,000 meters was Bethany Hardcastle, at 10:41.62
- Erica Lersch set a PR and placed ninth overall in the 1-mile run, shaving nearly 12 full seconds off her previous best, to 5:12.33. Megan Giovanniello was 12th in the same race, her debut indoor event, running 5:16.60
- In the 300 meter dash, Sherline Valentin finished first among the Owls and placed 20th in 40.89. Newcomer Ana Holland and Berneta Boldin were neck-and-neck in the same race at 41.30 and 41.40, respectively
- Chloe' Jenkins tied for 11th in the high jump in her first showing as an Owl (1.59 meters, fourth highest ever in FAU history), and Frida Thorsås placed 15th in both the long jump (5.22 meters) and the 600 meters (1:37.93)
"Anytime you have a school record and a couple of PR's on the first day of a season, it's a good day," said Head Coach Alex Smolka. "We learned a lot from today and will hopefully have an even better day tomorrow."
The squad is back at it again Saturday in Birmingham for the Vulcan Invitational, with 20 individuals competing to wrap opening weekend.