W&L Women's Track and Field Claims Denison Lid Lifter Title

GRANVILLE, Ohio — The Washington and Lee women's track and field team claimed the Denison Lid Lifter title on Saturday, taking first out of five teams. The Generals had six event wins, highlighted by sophomore Jillian Katterhagen (The Woodlands, Texas/The Woodlands). She won the pole vault with an indoor W&L record of 3.36m (11'00.25"). Katterhagen broke Liz Brandler's record of 11'00.00", which she set in 2005. Katterhagen's vault is the top mark in the NCAA South/Southeast Region this year. She also took third in the 60mH with a time of 9.80.

Along with the six event victories, W&L had 24 Top 5 finishes on its way to victory. The Generals finished with 162 points with Denison in second at 131 points. Carnegie Mellon came in third with 98 points.

First-year Maggie Kleber (Beach Haven, N.J./Southern Regional) won the high jump with a mark of 1.52m, and she finished fifth in the triple jump at 9.82m. Also in the field events, senior Marissa Thompson (Chatham, Va./Chatham) came in second in the triple jump (10.03m). She also took second in the 60mH with a time of 9.70 and third in the 60m at 8.26.   

Senior Lauren Schultz (Hopkinton, Mass./Hopkinton) crossed the finish line first in the mile at 5:22.05, sophomore Sarah Helms (Cumming, Ga./North Forsyth) was first in the 400m at 1:04.00 and senior Molly Ortiz (Ketchikan, Alaska/Ketchikan) took the top spot in the 3,000m at 10:59.25. In the 800m, first-year Johanna Goergen (Kinnelon, N.J./Kinnelon) came in second at 2:28.72.

In the relays, the 4x400m squad took the top spot with a time of 4:16.56. The group consisted of junior Lauren Woodie (Bluefield, Va./Graham), Goergen, senior Paige Gance (Wilton, Conn./Wilton) and sophomore Janey Fugate (Atlanta, Ga./Whitefield Academy).

The Generals return to action in two weeks at the Lafayette-Rider Winter Games on February 8.

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