Lehotay Wins Track Athlete Honors, Cavaliers Finish Second at Conference

Lehotay Wins Track Athlete Honors, Cavaliers Finish Second at Conference

FINDLAY, Ohio – The Walsh women's indoor track and field team competed at the Great Midwest Athletic Conference Championships on Friday (Feb. 22) and Saturday (Feb. 23), held at the University of Findlay.

17 athletes and teams placed in the top eight and five were within the top three on the women's side of the meet. 

"We are extremely proud of our team's efforts and performances today and this weekend," said head coach Rob Mizicko. "Our women took advantage of close to every opportunity they had to score well and it showed in their runnerup finish. The goal is always to compete at the highest level in the conference meet and that happened across the board."

As a team, the Cavaliers finished second with 103 points behind the leader Tiffin, who won the team title.

Andra Lehotay won two conference championships and finished second in a third event, winning her Women's Track Athlete of the Meet from the conference. She won the mile with a conference meet record, 4:52.53. She followed that up with a win in the 800-meter dash, winning with a 2:16.57 time.

"Andra has had some stellar days over her career, but today has to be considered one of her best days ever. She has a lot to look forward to in two weeks at the national meet," said Mizicko on Lehotay's weekend. 

In the pentathlon, Alex Rodgers finished fifth with 3,047 points total. Her best event of the day was the 60-meter hurdles, where she won the event with a time of 9.25 seconds.

Brianna Coy and Katelyn Luther both finished in the top eight in the 5000-meter run. Coy was second overall with a time of 17:52.14 and Luther crossed the line with a 18:20.93 time.  

Rodgers carried the speed over from the pentathlon where she ran a 9.24 in prelims, qualifying for the finals. She got even faster as she finished fourth after running a 9.17 race.

In the 400-meter dash, Jetaiya Smith finished fourth after running a 58.19 in the finals.

Juanita Gray had an eighth place finish in the 60-meter dash as she ran an 8.04 in the finals.

For the Distance Medley relay, Walsh finished second with a 11:51.98. The team of Alexa Leppelmeier, Smith, Bre Bakan and Lehotay earned silver medal honors.

In the 800-meter run, Megan Soehnlen and Bakan each finished sixth and seventh behind their teammate Lehotay. Soehnlen ran a 2:18.97 and Bakan was just behind her with a 2:19.00.

Leppelmeier ran a 10:20.16 in the 3000-meter run as she finished seventh overall.

In the 4x400 meter relay, the quartet of Raquel Jones, Emily Joyce, Cassidi Bookless and Smith came in fifth as they combined for a 4:05.46 overall time.

Walsh had three of the top four in the women's weight throw, as Mariah Porter won a G-MAC title with a throw of 16.69 meters. Malia Turley was second overall, throwing a 16.39-meter toss. Olivia King finished fourth with a final throw of 15.62 meters.

Morgan Fisher was seventh in the long jump, with a 5.11-meter jump as her best one.

Ndidiamaka Anaraodo earned fourth in the shot put with a NCAA D2 provisional and school record throw of 14.04 meters (46'0.75"). Morrisa Mallory was sixth overall with a NCAA D2 provo mark of 13.76 meters.