Salem, VA—The Mary Baldwin University indoor track team competed Saturday at the Bast-Cregger Invitational, hosted by Roanoke College. Twenty colleges and universities were in attendance. This was the first-ever indoor track competition for MBU since the sport was added just this year.
The Fighting Squirrels entered 14 athletes who competed in sprint and distance running events. Performances of note include:
- The 4 x 200m relay, consisting of Brenda Korlison, Jessica Hall, Mikayla Reifert and Jannelly Ramos. It was an exciting finish, as Ramos closed about 20m on another team’s anchor, finishing just .07 behind.
- Reifert, a freshman, finished the 200m in 30.74. That effort placed her 41st out of 57 runners.
- In the 3000m run, Jaquelin Rosas ran a strong time of 12:38.43 in her first showing at that distance. Josephina Reeder also ran well, taking over a minute off of her previous best in the 3k from outdoor season.
The season is just getting started, and Coach Ely is anticipating big improvements going forward. “This first meet was really eye-opening for the team. Now that we see where everyone is in their training, we can plan and work toward improving through the rest of the season.”
“And being our first-ever indoor competition, the fun part was setting the school records for each event. We talked about training through the holidays and keeping the momentum going. There is always work to be done, but I think today has inspired the team to work even harder.”
The Squirrels return to competition after the winter break. Next up is the Keydet Invitational, hosted by VMI on January 19th and 20th.