Winston-Salem, NC—The MBU Indoor track team finished out their inaugural season on Saturday at the UCS Invitational at the JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem. Six members of the squad were selected to represent the Fighting Squirrels in races that included athletes from DI powerhouses Clemson, South Carolina, Duke, UNC, Furman, and NC State, among others, as well as USA South Conference schools Meredith, Methodist and Pfeiffer.
Leading the way for MBU was freshman Jaquelin Rosas. After participating through the night in the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership (VWIL) Breakout and not getting much sleep, Rosas was able to post a big personal record (PR) in her 3000m run in a time of 12:09.54. This was a 17-second improvement from her previous PR set last Saturday at VMI. Rosas doubled-back a few hours later to PR again by 2 seconds in the 800 meter run in 2:39.45. Both of Rosas’ efforts stand as MBU school records for indoor track.
Coach Ely anticipates Rosas will continue on this trajectory. “Rosas has had a very strong season. She works hard each day, and it’s paying off. The really exciting part as her coach is that she’s only just begun running and competing this year, so the sky’s the limit at this point.”
Sophomore Squirrel Josephina Reeder also raced the 3k. She finished .11 seconds off her PR, in a time of 12:50.85. Reeder is another runner who is part of VWIL and was also competing on limited rest.
MBU raced four athletes in the 800 meter run. Along with Rosas, freshman Sonje Green (2:49.04), senior Campbell Scollo (2:51.50) and freshman Nykia Free (3:00.10) each posted good times. Scollo and Free both set new PRs for themselves, and Green was just .19 seconds off her previous PR in the event. Both Free and Green also participated in the VWIL breakout.
“All of the 800 runners competed well. In particular, Campbell has improved her 800m time by 22 seconds just during indoor. That is phenomenal improvement, and I can’t wait to see what she does in her final outdoor track season.”
Lone sprinter at the meet representing MBU, Jannelly Ramos raced to a PR in the 400m (1:10.04) and came back less than 2 hours later in the 200m, finishing just .09 seconds off her previous best.
“The fact that today four of the six runners had little to no sleep the night before, yet they were able to perform at or better than they have previously shows their grit and determination," said Head Coach Heather Ely. "It was great to see all of these athletes finish out their season on a high note. At the start of the season, none of them had ever raced on an indoor track before, so for them to step up and accept the challenge shows their positive attitude and character. It’s been wonderful watching each of them learn and grow with each meet’s experience. This first season of indoor track has been a success for MBU, and I look forward to helping the program expand and continue to improve."
Next on the schedule for MBU track is the first outdoor meet of the season on March 3rd at the Golden Eagle Invitational hosted by the University of Charleston in West Virginia.