William Woods women’s track and field’s French hits standard, 16 place in top 15 at NAIA/JUCO Challenge

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.

WWU results

60-meter dash

21st - Nia Hawkins - 8.32

26th - Madison Dixon - 8.42

36th - Makynzie Burns - 8.62

60-meter hurdles

14th - Makynzie Burns - 10.50

200-meter dash

26th - Trinity THomas - 27.90

30th - Madison Dixon - 28.08

400-meter dash

17th - Kristan Wilson - 1:06.16

600-meter dash

14th - Crystal Ruden - 1:51.14

800-meter run

16th - Crystal Ruden - 2:37.45

Mile run

5th - Mekayla Gibson - 5:33.67 (PR)

3,000-meter run

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

4x400-meter relay

6th - Alicia Engelbrecht, Trinity Thomas, Nia Hawkins, Kristan Wilson - 4:51.68

Long jump

5th - Trinity Thomas - 5.00 meters

9th - Heidi Baranauskas - 4.64 meters (PR)

Pole vault

T-7th - Heather Harbison - 2.50 meters (first attempt) (fourth record book)

9th - Ashley Strode - 2.50 meters (third attempt) (fourth record book)

Shot put

*1st - Katie French - 13.04 meters

6th - Allison Kenneavy - 10.86 meters

Weight throw

3rd - Katie Fench - 15.14 meters

11th - Allison Kenneavy - 11.25 meters

*Denotes NAIA "B" standard

Up next

The Owls next compete at the UCM Mule Relays hosted by the University of Central Missouri Saturday.