Cougars Impress, Break Records at Florida Relays
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The College of Charleston track and field team turned in impressive results at the 74-year old Florida Relays this weekend, a three-day event hosted by the Univeristy of Florida at James G. Pressly Stadium and the Percy Beard Track on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
The Cougars broke two school records which were previously posted in 2011, and several posted lifetime and season bests as the Cougars competed alongside an elite field.
“Our group did a very nice job of stepping up to another level and letting their performances shine as a result,” said head coach Amy Seago. “The level of competition has been increasing for us as the season progresses. Overall, I am pleased with how well we handled ourselves this weekend. Two new school records reflect the step forward for us as well.”
Freshman Julisa Tindall ignited the Cougars with an impressive outing in the high jump. Her recent efforts to open at higher heights paid off as she exceled entering at 5'3.25."
The Cougar distance runners also represented Charleston well with impressive runs across the board. Hayley McMahon ran just two seconds shy of her personal record in the 1500 meters, a major breakthrough at such an early stage of the season. Carlee Cassidy shaved nearly nine seconds off her time in a large, crowded field in the steeplechase. Trish Rein capped off the night with a 17-second improvement in the 5k.
The sprint medley relay team consisting of Lindsey Peterson, Lorna Doucette, Christa Horrocks and Hayley McMahon shattered the previous school record (4:11.53 from the Raleigh Relays in 2011) with their 4:00.04. Peterson ran an inspired lead-off leg to set the pace, followed by Horrocks posting a lifetime best on the 400m leg, and McMahon running a season best in the 800m.
The distance medley relay (1200m-400m-800m-1600m)team of Kornelia Kostka, Alexia Neal, Carlee Cassidy and McMahon also turned in a school-record performance with a 12:10.65, besting the previous mark of 12:25.45 from the Terrier Relays in 2011.
Tiffany Sisk, who posted a personal record in shot put last week, proved it was no fluke as she once again threw over 14 meters with a 14.13 meter toss.
McMahon was named the CofC Athlete of the Meet by the Cougar coaching staff after turning in an impressive triple. Her opening 1500m was her fastest so far this year, and she then came back and proved two more races were no problem - running another season best in the 800m leg of the sprint medley and turning in yet another sold performance in the 1600m leg of the distance medley relay.
“What a big weekend for Hayley,” said Seago. “She’s proven she is willing to tackle the physical and mental demands of rising to the challenge of her competition.”
The Cougars return to action on Thursday, April 10 with the Carolinas Cup in Rock Hill, S.C.