LANDOVER, Md. — The Washington and Lee women's track and field team broke four school records and two meet records, but finished second by just two points at the Indoor ODAC Championship on Sunday at the Prince George Athletic Complex.
Bridgewater claimed the team title with 135 points, while the Generals won four events in taking second with 133 points. Junior Dana Lee (Nashville, Tenn./St. Cecilia Academy) was named the Athlete of the Meet, while first-year Samantha Yates (Birmingham, Ala./St. Paul's School) was named the Rookie of the Meet.
The Blue and White was trailing Bridgewater by 20 points with two events remaining at the meet. In the second-to-last event (3,000m), the Generals totaled 17 points led by Yates, who claimed the top spot with a time of 10:29.99. First-year Kirsten McMichael (Eighty Four, Pa./Ringgold) placed fifth (11:19.06) and senior Katy Bonaro (Waldorf, Md./North Point) was sixth in 11:20.33.
With the success in the 3,000m, W&L closed the gap to three (130-127) heading into the meet's final event (4x400m relay). The Generals finished third in 4:07.00, but Bridgewater was one spot back in fourth (4:09.81), which was high enough to secure the conference title for the Eagles. The W&L quartet consisted of junior Kara Farroni (Willoughby, Ohio/Willoughby South), sophomore Kaleigh Hinton (Florham Park, N.J./Hanover Park), junior Catherine Fonvielle (Alexandria, Va./St. Stephen's & St. Agnes) and Lee.
Besides the six points in the 4x400m, Lee competed in five individual events. In those events, she totaled 35 points and broke three school records and two ODAC meet records.
Lee claimed the long jump title with a conference meet record leap of 5.60m (18'04.50"). Senior Maggie Kleber (Beach Haven, N.J./Southern Regional) was seventh in the event at 4.79m (15'08.75"). Lee was second in the triple jump, but broke her own school record at 11.19m (36'08.50").
On the track side, Lee won the 400m with an ODAC meet and school record time of 58.12. Farroni placed fifth in the event in 1:01.43 and Hinton took seventh (1:03.78). Lee was third in the 200m with a time of 26.08 and eighth in the 60m (8.78). In the prelims of the 60m, she broke her own school record with a time of 7.82.
Junior Lizzy Stanton (Papillion, Neb./Papillion-LaVista South) broke her own pole vault school record in claiming the top spot in 3.55m (11'07.75"). Senior Kaela Fiutak (Skaneateles, N.Y./Skaneateles) finished second with a leap of 3.17m (10'04.75"). Kleber took sixth in the high jump at 1.46m (4'09.50").
Along with her win in the 3,000m, Yates was third in the mile with a time of 5:24.40. McMichael placed fifth in 5:26.03. First-year Maggie Seybold (Cockeysville, Md./McDonogh School) took second in the 5,000m in 18:55.96, and sophomore Rachel Steffen (Coronado, Calif./Coronado) claimed fourth (19:26.01).
In the 60m hurdles, Hinton recorded a time of 9.74 in taking third. Fonvielle finished fourth in the 800m in 2:22.97, Seybold was fifth (2:23.35) and sophomore Lily Arnold (Jacksonville, Fla./The Bolles School) placed sixth in 2:26.69.
W&L claimed fourth in the Distance Medley Relay in 13:19.65. The foursome consisted of Arnold, first-year Jessica Rosenwasser (New York, N.Y./Convent of the Sacred Heart), first-year Bailey Sanders (Powell, Wyo./Powell) and Bonaro.
All competitors that finished in the Top 3 in an event earned All-ODAC accolades. The Generals will send a select group of competitors to the Polar Bear Last Chance Invitational on March 4-5.
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