BOCA RATON, Fla. -
The Florida Atlantic University women's track and field team will head to Murfreesboro, Tenn. to participate in the 2016 Conference USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships on May 12-15.
Event information: The meet is hosted by conference opponent MTSU, and is being held at the Dean Hayes Track. Competition will begin on Thursday, May 12 with day one of the heptathlon. Friday, May 13 will feature the remaining heptathlon events and the 10,000 meter. Saturday, May 14 will include the prelims for the majority of the running events, the 3000 meter steeplechase finals, and the long jump. The finals on Sunday, May 15 include the 4x100 and 4x400 relays, 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, 5000m, 100 and 400 hurdles, javelin and high jump.
Coverage/Results: Live results can be found here. Complete results will be available after the meet on FAUsports.com. You can also follow the team on Twitter: @FAU_XC_Track.
History: At last years championship, Frida Thorsås became the Owls first Conference USA Outdoor Track and Field champion since the institution joined the conference in 2013. The freshman claimed victory in the heptathlon with a point total of 5,396.
Then-junior Chloe Sell took fifth in the 10,000 meter with a time of 39:48.56. In the 800 meter, Carydaliz Fontanez earned 12th with a time of 2:23.78. Mar'Rhea Everheart put up a personal best in the long jump with a distance of 5.59 meters, which is fifth on FAU's All-Time Top 10 List. Sitia Martinez claimed victory in the 400 meter hurdles to become Florida Atlantic University's second outdoor champion. Martinez, who held the top time in C-USA in the 400 meter hurdles going into the championship, finished the race in 59.78.
Another top finish came from the 4x100 meter relay team of Deja Jones, Martinez, Sherline Valentin, and Regina Wilkerson. The team took second place in 44.63, which broke the previous school record that they set at the Florida Relays in April. In the 1500 meter final, Liz Wellman came in 10th in 4:50.72. Amélie Svensson was the top finisher in the 5000 meter earning ninth with a time of 18:08.43.
After winning the heptathlon, then-freshman Frida Thorsås competed in the javelin and finished seventh with a distance of 38.01 meters. FAU finished ninth overall with a total score of 40.
Next meet: Those who qualify will travel to Jacksonville, Fla. to take part in the first round of the NCAA Outdoor Championship on May 26-29.