The Elon University women’s track and field team competed in its first indoor meet in over a month on Saturday, Jan. 10 with the Wake Forest Invitational at the JDL Fast Track Complex.

Amongst all of the athletes participating in the event, the Phoenix put forth a handful of standout performances.

Junior Jennifer Esposito finished the day with a third-place finish in the 400-meter run at a time of 58.20. In the same event, freshman runner Lydia Laws finished 13th overall with a 1:01:52 final time.

In the high jump event, three Phoenix placed in the top ten with senior Haley Laird finishing third after clearing the bar at 5’5’’. Junior Megan Kirschling matched Laird’s height after more than one attempt and finished in 6th place while freshman Emily Dixon cleared the bar at 5’1’’ to round out the top ten.

Seniors Claire Smith and Melinda Hersey each placed in the top ten, respectively, in the pole vault event with Smith placing sixth after clearing 10’6’’ and Hersey placing eighth with a mark of 9’10’’.

For the long jump events, Dixon and Laws both competed as well finishing at the highest rank for the Phoenix at fifth and sixth place at 16’ 10.75’’. Sophomore Carrie Abraham placed ninth and in the event after a leap of 16’ 9.75’’ while fellow sophomore Jayna Coyle placed seventh in the triple jump event with a leap of 35’4’’.

Sophomore Briana O’ Grady finished in 7th place in the weight throw event after her toss of 45’4.25’’ as sophomore Bre’anna Warren (41’3’’) and freshman Bryanna Hames ( 39’7’’) both finished in the top ten in the shot put at seventh and tenth place.

The Elon women will be back in action on Jan. 16-17 for the Liberty Open in Lynchburg, VA next weekend.


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