Women's Track Competes at Mount Olive Relays

Teanna Bellamy
Teanna Bellamy

MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. - The NC Wesleyan College track and field teams returned to Mount Olive to compete in the Trojan Relays On Friday and Saturday against a group of talented teams from a variety of Divisions of the NCAA, JUCO, and NAIA. 

"During this meet there was a number of student athletes that ran personal bests and also set new school records," commented coach Marshall Leonard. "The meet was highlighted by a group of NCWC runners that participated in events that were new to them and that they have only practiced at for a few weeks."

In the women's 400 meter race, the women continued to show improvement every week as sophomore Teanna Bellamy ran a college best time of 1:02 to plae 10th and now has the 3rd fastest time in the conference. Fellow sophomore Snejana Spinache improved on her time by 2 seconds (1:11) as well as freshman Catalina Hermosa (1:12).    

Next weekend Hermosa will compete in a new event for her, the steeple chase. This race is just short of 2 miles, and each runner must jump over a hurdle barrier 4 times each lap, and 1 barrier has a water hole that they must jump in.  She has practiced for this and is excited about the opportunity to run in a new race.

Sophomore Florentina Lonati also competed in two events over the two-day competition, and her highlight was when she jumped 13 feet in the Long Jump.  This is her NCWC best, school record, and 6th best jump in the conference.  She also competed in the Javelin throw on Friday and threw for 78 feet, which was not her best for the season but a solid throw.  "She has a desire to be great and she will have an incredible finish to the final part of the season," commented Leonard.

Freshman Sarah Waters then threw the Javelin on Friday for the first time and left the meet with a throw of 62 feet which is a 3 ½ feet improvement from the last competition.

"She is continuing to improve everyday at practice and has potential to score points at the conference, which is exciting considering she just started practicing this throw," said coach Leonard.