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Strong Start

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Belmont women's track and field team pushed through frigid temperatures to open the Vanderbilt Black and Gold meet with strong marks on Friday.  

Sophomore Josie Hardin (Acworth, Ga.) led the way in the field events for BU, taking third Hammer Throw with a mark of 46.47m (152' 5.75").

On the track, junior Hannah Wittman (Lindenhurst, Ill.) battled to a ninth place finish (4:35.96) in deep a 1500m field of more than 70 competitors.  Classmate Emily Davis (Murefreesboro, Tenn.) hustled across the finish line to take ninth in the 200m with a time of 25.47.

 "It was a really cold night out there," said assistant coach Joe Frye.  "Our athletes try to do the best they can to stay warm, but sometimes it just gets to you.  Overall, we saw some great marks across the board.

"I was really happy to see a lot of teammates and fans stick around until 9pm to support our throwers. "

Action resumes on Saturday morning at 10 a.m. at Vanderbilt with the conclusion of the field events with races on the track beginning at Noon.