NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - The Wesley College Women's Track and Field team improved on last season's fourth place finish with a silver medal performance on Sunday at the Capital Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships.
Wesley finished with 112 points, just 30 points behind CAC Champions Christopher Newport. The squad came away with four event wins, taking the 60m, 400m, pole vault, and 4x400 relay while also earning 16 other top five finishes.
Evelina Sloboh set a CAC Indoor Championships record with a 7.73 finish in the 60-meter to take the gold in that event. Alexia Mitchell, Angel Hall, and Elizsha Streeter finished third, fourth, and sixth respectively in the event. In the 200m, Streeter crossed the finish with a 26.06 mark, good for second place, while Sloboh and Hall took fifth and seventh. In the 400 it was Streeter who shined again, this time taking first with a 58.79. That time set a CAC Indoor record, with Streeter breaking her own time from last season. Briana Artis finished second with a 58.98, a faster mark than the previous CAC Championships record. Ashley Morris turned in a top-five finish in the 60-meter hurdles, taking fifth in 9.41 seconds.
In the mid-distance races, Wesley received top five finishes from Dieunise Desir and Danae Carter in the 800-meter race. Desir crossed in second with a 2:24.05 finishing time while Carter crossed in fourth with a 2:25.50.
In the 4x400 relay, the Wolverine quartet of Quadira Minus, Angel Hall, Elizsha Streeter and Briana Artis ran a meet record time of 4:00.88 topping Wesley's 2015 finish by nearly four seconds. The squad crushed the competition, crossing 11 seconds before the second place finisher. In the distance medley relay, the Wolverines took third. Carter, Alexia Mitchell, Chiquita Deline, and Desir finished in a combined 13:19.01.
In the field events, Wesley earned a pair of top five performances in the long jump. Tyesha Purnell earned the silver medal with a 1.61m mark while Kierra Dukes took fifth with a jump of 1.55m. Taylor Rae Danforth earned a win in the pole vault, taking first by clearing 3.36m, crushing the competition by over a foot and finishing just .09 meters shy of the meet record. Wesley also placed two in the top five for the triple jump, with Kaylah Mitchell taking third (10.57m) and Taylor Lynch earning fifth (9.89m).Wesley thrower Jourdyn Beverly earned two top-five finishes, earning fourth in both the shot put (11.39m) and the weight throw (13.93m).
The Wolverines' second place team finish is the best performance at the CAC Indoor Track and Field Championships in team history. Since the beginning of the event in the 2012 season, Wesley had not finished better than third until this season.
With the CAC Championships now finished, the Wolverines will turn their attention to nationals as they attempt to send as many athletes to the NCAA finals as possible. The squad's next event will be the Boston Last Chance Meet, hosted by Boston University on Sunday, Feb. 28.