STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – Returning home with seven new personal records, Temple women's track and field continues to improve as its 2016 indoor season continues. At the Great Dane Classic, the Owls had a strong showing on all events, placing ninth as a team out of 26 total squads.
"It is still early in the season," said head coach Elvis Forde
. "I am happy with the progress the team is seeing, and everyone, including the staff, know we can still improve. Yesterday had a lot of great highlights to take home".
Most notably, freshman Sylvia Wilson
returned to her events earning a personal-best time in the 60 meter hurdles with an 8.63 second mark in the trials. In the event final, Wilson was the only Owl to qualify and placed seventh with a time of 8.91 seconds.
Wilson also earned a personal-best in the 60 meter dash, running a 7.82 to rank second for the Owls behind senior Jimmia McCluskey
also earned a personal-best in the 60 meter hurdles, running the race in 8.85 seconds.
Other strong highlights came from the longer races, with impressive performances in the 1000 meter and 3000 meter races. Junior Megan Schneider
took on the 3000 meter race and logged a personal-best time of 11:16.88 to place 36th overall.
The Owls had an impressive showing in the tough 3000 meter race. Freshmen Maya Halprin-Adams
and Brigit Andersson
, and sophomore Katie Pinson
, all finished the race in the top 20 with times that are inching closer to the program's school record. Halprin-Adams was able to post a personal-best 3:03.5 to place 15th overall. Andersson took the 18th spot with a 3:04.34 and Pinson ran a 3:04.70 for take 19th.
The 400 meter race was led by Kenya Gaston
, who logged a personal-best time of 56.55 to rank eighth out of a field of 82 total athletes.Aliya Sharp
was the only Owl to run the 500 meter race and added another personal-best to the list for the day. With a time of 1:17.80, Sharp placed eighth overall.
"The season is going to go by fast and we have a lot more to show," said coach Forde. "I am going to continue to ask for more from the team, as well as my staff, because I know this team can be successful and very competitive in our tough conference".
The Owls return to the track next Saturday, Jan. 23 for the NYC Gotham Cup. The meet will be held at the Ocean Breeze Complex, making it three consecutive weekends in Staten Island, N.Y. for the team.