Feb 28, 2015
(UNIVERSITY CENTER, Mich.) - The Walsh University women's track & field team currently sits in eighth place with nine points after the first day of the GLIAC Indoor Championships hosted by Saginaw Valley State University. Grand Valley State is the front-runner after the opening day with 60.5 points. Ashland stands in the second position with 46 points.
Five of those points came from Kaitlyn Barber (Fr., Toledo, OH/Whitmer) as she finished fourth in the pole vault. Her best height came on her final attempt at 3.71 meters. It's the third time this season she has cleared the NCAA provisional mark of 3.55 meters.
Meredith Fennell (Fr., Canal Fulton, OH/Northwest) picked up the other four points as she finished fifth in the pentathlon. Her best finish of the five events came in the 60 meter hurdles as she crossed the end line second with a time of 9.05. In total, she broke the school record for points in the pentathlon with 3,119.
After completing the pentathlon, Fennell also broke her own school record in the 60 meter hurdles during the preliminaries with a 9.03.
As a result of their top five finishes, both Barber and Fennell earn All-GLIAC honors.
Elsewhere in action, Mikayla Dearing (So., Navarre, OH/Perry) broke her own school record in the 400 meter dash with a time of 58.84. Hannah Luke (Fr., Massillon, OH/Perry) also bettered her own school makr in the 300 meter dash with a time of 25.58.
The GLIAC Indoor Championships will conclude tomorrow. Action resumes at Saginaw Valley State with events resuming at 9 a.m.