Women's Track Sets 2 School Records During N.E. Open Meet, Then Sets Two More at ECACs - Alexis Walker '16 is NCAA Qualifier
Despite coming away empty in the team point department, Wesleyan established two school records while competing in the New England Open meet at Stonehill, which featured many Division I and II colleges as only one school among the top 10 finishers (Tufts) was a Division III entry. The meet concluded Sat., May 11.
Then during the final meet of the regular season Thurs.-Fri., May 16-17 at
Springfield, site of the ECAC Division III Championships, Wesleyan
had three fifth-place finishes to gain 12 team points and finish in a
tie for 23rd among 59 scoring teams. There two more team records were set while Alexis Walker '16 (photo lower left) qualified for her second trip to Nationals in the long jump this year.
During New Englands, the 4x100m relay squad of Idara Foster '15 (photo lower right), Walker, Lia Monti '13 (photo upper right) and Melissa Luning '15 (photo upper left) took 11th place over and third among Division III teams with a time of :48.24, nipping .12 seconds off the Wesleyan record set in 2001. Placing 12th in the shot put, anf fifth among Division III participants, Sierra Livious '14 (center photo) shattered her recently established school record in the shot put with a toss of 41-9 3/4, well over a foot above her earlier mark this season of 40-5 1/2.
Walker also had Wesleyan next best finish during the meet as she took 15th in the 100m dash with a :12.39 clocking. Her effort ranked her fourth among Division III athletes competing in the event at New Englands.
At ECACs, Livious added another inch to her
school record with her fifth-place effort in the shot with a 41-10 3/4
toss. Walker went 18-5 1/4 in the long jump, 1/4-inch longer than her
NESCAC-winning, Wesleyan-record performance of 18-5. NESCAC 10k champ
Hannah Zimmerman '13 took fifth at ECACs, timed in 38:00.67. Walker,
who placed eighth nationally for All-America honors indoors in the long
jump, earned a spot for the outdoor NCAA Championships at Wisconsin-La
Crosse Thurs.-Sat., May 23-25 as the 18th seed among 22 entries in the
long jump. There, she came up with a 16-11 3/4 performance that put her in 20th place and did not allow her to advance to the final round. That brought the 2013 campaign to a close.