(BIG RAPIDS, Mich.) – It was an impressive first full day of the GLIAC Championships as the Walsh women's track & field team found a couple of athletes on the podium. Meredith Fennell finished up a great first day to jump from third to second in the heptathlon while Karley Dougherty set a new school record in the javelin to finish second.
Walsh currently stands fifth in the team standings with 21 points through seven events scored. Grand Valley State leads the field with 78.5 points. Hillsdale was second with 53.5 points. Findlay and Ashland round out the top five.
Fennell finished second with 4,467 points over the seven events to score eight points for the Cavaliers. She finished first in the 100 meter hurdles, the first event of the heptathlon, with a time of 14.59 seconds. She added third place finishes in the 200 meter dash and the long jump.
She wasn't finished as she qualified for the finals in the 100 meter hurdles unattached event with a time of 14.51 meters.
Dougherty couldn't have asked for a better final attempt in the javelin as she threw for 40.99 meters to secure second place. She originally set the record a few weeks ago in the Walsh Invitational and broke it in her second attempt with a throw of 38.38 meters.
All-American Kaitlyn Barber recorded a fourth place finish with a height of 3.73 meters to score five more points for the Cavaliers. She tied with Grand Valley's Skylar Schoen, but cleared 3.73 meters one attempt earlier than Schoen for fourth.
Sarah Berger and Tori Reeves qualified for the finals in the 1,500 meter run as both finished in the top eight in the preliminaries. Berger finished second with a time of 4:43.69 while Reeves clocked in at 4:42.75 for seventh place.
The GLIAC Championships will conclude tomorrow from Ferris State University.