This past weekend the women’s Track and Field team made its way down to Flagstaff, Ariz., for the Big Sky Outdoor Conference Championships.
It was only five weeks ago that Sprint Coach Renee Scott informed sophomore Jamie Griffith that she wanted to throw her into the 400-meter hurdles, a race that Griffith had never done before. After weeks of preparation Griffith found herself atop of the award podium as she ran away with the gold at the Big Sky Outdoor Conference Championships with a personal best time of 61.2 seconds. That time now ranks her third all time at Eastern.
“I remember having to slow up at the last hurdle just to make sure I got over it. I was worried that me slowing down was going to lose me the race, so I just put my head down and tried as hard as I could to get to that finish line. I am not taking this medal off of my neck for the rest of the night now,” said Griffith.
Two other sophomore’s, Sara Hegna and Teanna Meinhold, also finished as All-Conference by placing in the top three. Hegna tried to repeat from her gold at the indoor championships. However, she came up short but was once again All-Conference as she finished third with a vault of 12’5.5”.
Between indoor and outdoor Championships, Hegna has so far placed in all four championships that she has competed in. Meinhold on the other hand had a career day in the triple jump as she also finished third.
She had a best jump of 39’ 7”. Her jump also now puts her number one all time at Eastern in the triple jump. In the javelin Eastern had a trio of women finish within the top eight. Junior Stephanie Ulmer earned All-Conference as she finished third with a best throw of 152’9”.
Sophomore’s Jordan Graeme and Carolee Geaudreau finished fifth and eighth. Geaudreau also finished seventh in the shotput. Other top eight finishers included: Holly Evans in both the 3,000 meter steeplechase (fourth) and the 1,500 (fifth), Nicole Clutter in both the 10,000 (sixth) and the 5,000 (eighth) and Sara Fouts in the high jump (fifth).
Overall the women’s team finished sixth. Though it wasn’t exactly the place the girls wanted to finish, the bar has been set for next year’s outdoor championships. There the women could be the favorites to win it all when the meet will be held at their own track in Woodward Stadium.