The William Woods University women's track and field team had 15 compete at the NAIA/JUCO Challenge hosted by Pittsburg State University Saturday in Pittsburg, Kansas. The meet was the first of 2023 and their second overall competition for the indoor season.
The Owls had 16 place in the top 15. The team placed sixth out of 18 NAIA and junior college teams with 41.5 points, beating out American Midwest Conference opponents Missouri Baptist and Central Baptist.
Katie French won the shot put and marked the NAIA "B" standard for the second time this season with her 13.04-meter toss. She beat out 25 others for the first-place finish. Allison Kenneavy placed sixth overall with a 10.86-meter throw.
In the weight throw, French placed third overall with a 15.14-meter throw, and Kenneavy placed 11th with an 11.25-meter throw.
Alicia Engelbrecht placed fourth in the 3,000-meter run.
Mekayla Gibson set two new personal records and grabbed two fifth-place finishes. She finished the 3,000-meter run at 11:01.82 and the mile in 5:33.67.
Tara Lowe and Kyah Weirich placed 11th and 14th in the 3,000-meter run, respectively.
The 4x400-meter relay team comprised Engelbrecht, Trinity Thomas, Nia Hawkins and Kristan Wilson, placed sixth with a 4:51.68 time.
Heather Harbison and Ashley Strode wrote their names in fourth place in the WWU record book for pole vault. Harbison tied for seventh with her 2.50-meter jump on the first attempt. Strode also finished with a 2.50-meter jump but placed ninth since she achieved it on her third attempt.
In the long jump, Thomas placed fifth overall with a 5.00-meter jump. Heidi Baranauskas set a new PR with her 4.64-meter, ninth-place jump.
21st - Nia Hawkins - 8.32
26th - Madison Dixon - 8.42
36th - Makynzie Burns - 8.62
14th - Makynzie Burns - 10.50
26th - Trinity THomas - 27.90
30th - Madison Dixon - 28.08
17th - Kristan Wilson - 1:06.16
14th - Crystal Ruden - 1:51.14
16th - Crystal Ruden - 2:37.45
5th - Mekayla Gibson - 5:33.67 (PR)
4th - Alicia Engelbrecht - 10:57.04
5th - Mekayla Gibson - 11:01.82 (PR)
11th - Tara Lowe - 12:13.83
14th - Kyah Weirich - 13:06.88
6th - Alicia Engelbrecht, Trinity Thomas, Nia Hawkins, Kristan Wilson - 4:51.68
5th - Trinity Thomas - 5.00 meters
9th - Heidi Baranauskas - 4.64 meters (PR)
T-7th - Heather Harbison - 2.50 meters (first attempt) (fourth record book)
9th - Ashley Strode - 2.50 meters (third attempt) (fourth record book)
*1st - Katie French - 13.04 meters
6th - Allison Kenneavy - 10.86 meters
3rd - Katie Fench - 15.14 meters
11th - Allison Kenneavy - 11.25 meters
*Denotes NAIA "B" standard
The Owls next compete at the UCM Mule Relays hosted by the University of Central Missouri Saturday.