NASHVILLE, Tenn. – After a challenging season, the Belmont women's track and field team sets its collective eyes on turning in strong performances at the 2015 OVC Outdoor Championship, hosted by Austin Peay May 15-16.
The Bruins return to a familiar facility for the two-day meet, Austin Peay's Governors Stadium, having competed there last month at the Govs Invitational.
Junior Hannah Wittman (Lindenhurst, Ill.) enters the weekend holding the top conference time in the 5000m (16:53.36). Wittman was sixth at last year's championship in the event. Also competing in the event will be sophomore Hannah Denton (Burns, Tenn.).
Junior Emily Davis (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) took fifth in the 400m at last year's event and stands sixth in the OVC in the event with a time of 55.79, just four-tenths of a second off the next fastest time. Also competing in the event is freshman Rachel Perry (Marion, Iowa).
Junior Jessie Wynn (Peoria, Ill.) holds the fifth-fastest time in the 800m (2:12.08), after breaking the school's record in the event earlier this season. Also competing in the event is redshirt sophomore Mara White (Pataluska, Ohio). In the 1500m, sophomore Molly Foster (Johnson City, Tenn.) and freshman Kiera Weems (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) will hit the track.
BU's 4x400m Relay team stands fifth in the league heading into the conference championship. Davis, Wynn, and seniors Anna Carrigan (Alexandria, Ky.) and Tanisha Williams (Madison, Tenn.) will be the Bruins' submission for the event.
On the field side, senior Clare Sobon (Somerset, N.J.) and sophomore Josie Hardin (Acworth, Ga.) will compete in the throwing events. In the hammer, the duo stands sixth and seventh, respectively, in the OVC while Sobon stands eighth in the shot put. Last year, the pair finished in the top 12 at the championship.
Senior Michelle Wicker (Coronado, Calif.) will vie in the two-day Heptathlon. She is fourth in OVC standings with a total of 4,233 points.
One year ago, the Bruins placed ninth overall with a total of 35 points.
Action gets underway on Friday at 9 a.m. with Decathlon and Pentathlon events. The remainder of the field events begins at 11 a.m. while track events commence at 3 p.m. The Championship resumes on Saturday morning with the remainder of the Decathlon and Pentathlon events at 9 a.m., followed by field event finals at 11 a.m. and track events beginning at 2 p.m.
Video will be available over the two days at http://ovcdigitalnetwork.com/watch/.