DEHLI, NY- The Berea Track and Field Mountaineers competed in the USCAA National Invite hosted by SUNY Delhi this past weekend. The women competed with vigor and determination, bringing home the National Invitational title! The Mountaineers finished the meet with 229 points beating out Alfred State who finished with 105.5, other competing USCAA schools included the University of Dallas, Albany College of Pharmacy, Bryant and Stratton, SUNY Delhi and SUNY ESF.
On the sprint side, Cassandra McFadden earned national invite runner up in the 100m dash with a time of 13.36. She was followed by Rebecca Dixon who placed 5th with a time of 13.64. Anna Loveless came in shortly after, finishing 7th. McFadden then brought home 3rd place in the 200m with a time of 28.13. Dixon came in shortly after with a time of 28.24 to finish 4th. Amber "Bre" Sims earned 4th place in the 400m with a time of 1:04.96. She was followed by Grace Callow who ran a time of 1:05.36. Rebecca Dixon came in shortly after with a time of 1:06.04. She was followed by Renesha Todd who made her first attempt at this distance.
Adding Hurdles to the mix, Annah Pierce earned the first place in the 100m Hurdles with a time of 17.35. She was followed by Simone Brown who placed 3rd with a time of 17.95. Pierce was also runner up in the 400m hurdles with a time of 1:15.78.
The distance squad continued to bring home the individual titles. The Mountaineers had an impressive 1-2-3 finish in the 800m. Senior Layne Callow grabbed the National Invite title with a time of 2:26.31. Junior Gabriella Sabino earned runner up with a time of 2:27.36. She was followed by Freshman Jenna Hughes who ran a time of 2:28.50. Sabino, who was coming off a bad ankle sprain, also brought home her own personal National Invite title in the 1500m with a time of 4:58.47. She was followed by Callow who placed 2nd with a time of 5:01.7. Hughes ran a time of 5:16.74 in the 1500m for a 6th place finish. Erin Gonterman brought home the National Invite title in both the 5k and the 10k, running times of 19:06.67 and 44:46.95. Megan Hale placed 3rd in the 3k Steeplechase with time of 13:47.19.
The success continued to the field. Simone Brown brought home the National Invite title in the high jump with a height of 1.61m. In the long jump, Annah Pierce earned another National Invite title with a distance of 4.82m. Brown followed her with a jump of 4.66m, placing 4th. Brown also earned another National Invite title in the triple jump with a distance of 10.05m. Anna Loveless was runner up with a distance of 9.83m, this was her first time competing in the event for the season. Amy Angevine earned runner up in the pole vault with a jump of 2.91m. Thrower leAnna Luney earned runner up title as well in the shot put with a throw of 10.83m. Luney placed 3rd in the discus (28.77m) and 4th in the hammer (31.55m) throws. Amber "Bre" Sims brought home another first place finih in the javelin with a throw of 37m. LeAnna Luney placed 3rd with a throw of 29.99m. Grace Callow earned 7th place with her debut throw of 21.11m.
The Mountaineers finished off the night with yet another 1st place finish in the 4x400m. The team was made up of Layne Callow, Grace Callow, Rebecca Dixon, and Amber "Bre" Sims. The women ran a time of 4:16.32 to end the USCAA National Invitational with a win.
"Coming into the meet we knew we had a good shot to win if everything went well," said Head Coach Shawn Jakubowski. "The Women showed up ready to compete and had one of their best meets of the year. I am very proud of what these women accomplished today, many got out of their comfort zone and filled in areas that were new to them and because of their hard work and dedication they were able to walk away with the win."
Up next for qualifying Mountaineers is the Kentucky Twilight Invitational on May 7th starting at 9:00am.