Clayton State Women's Track & Field places 5th at Emory Crossplex Invite
Birmingham, AL – The Clayton State women's track and field team returned to action Monday in the Emory Crossplex Invitational in Birmingham, AL, and recorded some impressive finishes.
The Lakers came away with four indoor team records, an NCAA Division II provisional mark, an event win and seven top-10 finishes.
"This meet has to go down as one of the best indoor meets for our young program," said head coach Mike Mead. "We lack depth compared to the teams that finished ahead of us, but in the events we competed in, we held our own extremely well."
Once again freshman Jessica Matthews led the Lakers, winning the triple jump with a leap of 39-feet-9.75 inches. Her performance bettered Clayton State's record in the event for the third straight meet. She currently is seventh on the NCAA Division II performance list and barely missed an automatic qualifying mark.
In addition to Matthews' school record performance, senior Paige Galvin also bettered her 3,000m record placing second in the event with a time of 10:36.95.
Two newcomers to the Clayton State program also set school records in junior Jozlyn Varnedoe and junior Breann Goodman. Goodman competed for the first time and established the school's weight throw mark. She placed third in the meet with a throw of 40-4.25. Varnedoe broke the school's 60m hurdles record, set by former runner Keisha Etienne in 2009, with a time of 9.73.
Sophomore Racquel Valadez placed third in the mile run with a time of 5:27.65, followed by senior Monique Belmudes in fourth with a time of 5:29.10. Junior Jhaquil Richardson finished fifth the triple jump at 34-1.25.
Clayton State's distance medley relay team of Galvin, freshman Shanice Walker, Belmudes and Valadez placed third with a time 12:48.40, the fastest time for a Laker squad since 2007.
Overall, Clayton State finished fifth in the meet behind Shorter, Emory, Alabama-Hunstville and Hinds. The Lakers will return to action February 8-9 in the Tiger Invite in Clemson, S.C.