Allam Wins the Discus at Princeton's Larry Ellis Invitational
April 21, 2012
PRINCETON, N.J. - Sophomore Lauren Allam won the discus and Navy's 4x100m relay team set a school record to headline the Navy women's outdoor track and field team's (16-0) competition at Princeton's Larry Ellis Invitational at Weaver Stadium this weekend. There was no team scoring.
"We had a great meet and both our relays hit ECAC marks for the first time this season," head coach Carla Criste said. "We ended up swapping around our 4x100 a little bit and it paid off with a new school record."
The 4x100m relay team of senior Colleen McFadden, sophomore Veronica Ffrench, junior Kristin Smith and junior Jessica Ridgway clocked a 47.06 to win their section and place seventh overall. The time was under the ECAC standard and broke Navy's previous school record of 47.11, which was established in 2007.
Navy's 4x400m relay team also had a strong showing by winning their section and placing ninth overall with a time of 3:51.66 (ECAC). The 4x400m team consisted of McFadden, freshman Sarah Bernhardt, junior Natasha Druggan and senior Mansfield Murph.
"The discus went really well," Navy throwing coach Steven Sarigiannis said. "Lauren Allam was second going into the finals, but passed the Army thrower with her second to last throw and ended up winning it. It was great to see the competitiveness of Army and Navy show at such a high-level meet."
Allam launched a season-best mark in the discus of 157-3 (47.93m, ECAC), the second-best mark in Navy history behind only her own school record. Allam edged out Jessica Waggoner of Army by an inch (157-2 (47.90m). Allam's mark is the 38th best in the NCAA's East Region this season.
Allam has won the discus in all five meets she has competed in this spring.
Sophomore Maressa Guynn set a new personal record in the discus with a 10th-place showing of 137-1 (41.78m). Guynn improved on each throw she made and narrowly missed qualifying for the finals. Sophomore Teronda Brown placed 13th at 136-1 (41.49m).
Senior Amanda Phelps took 10th place in the shot put with a mark of 42-11¾ (13.10m) and Brown placed 17th at 40-8¼ (12.40m). Phelps also took 19th in the hammer throw (164-1, 50.02m).
Ridgway posted a 12.38 to place 28th in the 100m dash and Ffrench took 34th at 12.44. Junior Arabia Littlejohn ran a 26.27 in the 200m dash, placing 36th. Druggan also ran a personal record time of 58.24 in the 400m run, placing third in her section and 27th overall.
The Mids had three runners place in the top 25 of the 800m run. Freshman Shannon Cuthbert took 17th at 2:15.72, senior Mansfield Murph was right behind her in 18th place (2:15.85) and freshman Annie-Norah Beveridge clocked a 2:16.69 to place 23rd.
Navy had three competitors in the 400m hurdles. Bernhardt ran a 1:05.60 to place 34th, Smith took 35th with a 1:06.52 and junior Stephanie Payne clocked a 1:07.64 to place 37th.
Smith also competed in the high jump on Saturday, clearing the ECAC standard of 5-7 (1.70m) to place fifth. Junior Melanie Sluzewicz cleared 5-3 (1.60m) to take 14th and Ffrench was 20th (5-1, 1.55m). Junior Jordan Kronshage tied for 12th in the pole vault, clearing 11-1¾ (3.40m).
On Friday night, senior Mollie Hebda had a strong showing in the 5,000m run, placing 61st in the 98-runner field at 17:44.70.
Navy will compete at the Penn Relays next week.