Women's Track and Field Opens Season With Lid Lifter Win
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The Navy women's track and field team opened the 2017-18 season with an victory at the annual Lid Lifter meet, going 11-0 in dual meet scoring on Tuesday evening at the Wesley A. Brown Field House.
"I thought the first meet was great," Director of Track and Field Jamie Cook said after the meet. "The 4x400m relay just missed the facility record in the first competition of the season. Freshman Chelsey Edwards was fantastic. I thought other standouts for the day were Brittany Burg (Gasport, N.Y.) and Amanda Agana (Fayetteville, Ark.) had a great 1-2 punch in the 500m. Julia Speranzo (Springfield, Va.) in the high jump was excellent. Other things that stood out were Audrey Fernandez in the long jump; Fernandez and Evelyn Berecz in the triple jump. The pole vaulters went 1-2, both jumping 3.60m. It just goes on from there. A lot of performances that were indoor PRs and also lifetime bests. A good step in the right direction."
Edwards had a breakout performance in her first collegiate meet. The plebe posted a pair of first place finishes and clocked an ECAC qualifying time. In the 60m dash, Edwards clocked a 7.75, which was one hundredth of a second shy of placing the freshman in Navy's all-time top 10 in the event. The 60m time was also just two hundredths of a second shy of qualifying for the ECACs. Edwards placed third in the 400m dash, crossing the finish line with an ECAC qualifying time of 56.31. The time was also the 10th fastest indoor performance in Navy history. The freshman ran the lead leg on the 4x400m relay team that posted an ECAC qualifying time of 3:48.53. Edwards was joined by Christina Quigley (Lorton, Va.), Burg, and Agana in the relay. The team came from behind to win the event, clocking the second fastest time in program history.
Burg and Agana finished 1-2 in the 500m dash, timing 1:14.47 and 1:14.50, respectively. The times were each ECAC qualifying times.
In the high jump, Speranzo posted a career-best jump of 1.65m to win the event. She just missed notching an ECAC qualifying jump of 1.70m, grazing the bar in her first opportunity of the season.
The pole vault saw Maddi Falvey (Cypress, Texas) and Rosemary Brinegar (Coppell, Texas) finish in the top two spots. The pair each posted jumps of 3.60m with Falvey being awarded first-place honors on judge's decision.
Fernandez posted a pair of top five finishes, earning second place (5.69m) in the long jump and fifth place (11.66m) in the triple jump. Berecz was just ahead of Fernandez in the triple jump, finishing fourth in the event with a mark of 11.70m.
In the throws, Ashanti Curry (Jacksonville, N.C.) and Izzy Marini (Elkgrove, Calif.) posted top five finishes in the shot put and weight throw, respectively. Curry registered a throw of 13.54m in the shot put to finish fourth, while Marini's toss of 15.18m in the weight throw was good enough for fifth.
Navy returns to action on Saturday, Jan. 6, as the Midshipmen travel to Fairfax, Va. for the George Mason Indoor Invitational.