BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Belmont Women's Track and Field team rallied behind several strong performances at the Billy Hayes Invitational. Two school records fell as the Bruins recorded eight top-10 finishes at the single-day meet in the team's final tune up before the OVC Outdoor Championships next weekend.
Highlighting the meet on the track was senior Hannah Wittman's (Lindenhurst, Ill.) performance in the fast section of the 1500m. She broke the program record, which she already owns, taking first place with a new PR time of 4:23.06.
"We wanted Hannah to race after a three week break coming off Mt. SAC and to walk away with a win and break her own school record tonight is pretty special," said Assistant Coach Ashley Casavant.
"The last time I raced was a 10k three weeks ago, so my main focus this week was to get my feet back under me and sharpen up before conference," Wittman said. "I think we definitely accomplished that goal. It's always encouraging to walk away with a win and have confidence going into championship season."
In the other section of 1500m, sophomore Kiera Weems (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) and freshman Mallory Young (Signal Mountain, Tenn.) both placed in the top-six with Young notching a new PR. Freshman Mary Nevins (Glen Ellyn, Ill.) also came away with a PR in the 400m.
"The 1500 women did an amazing job today. We wanted to use this race as a final opportunity to sharpen up and work on racing tactics before OVCs next weekend. I think Mallory, Kiera and Hannah all took advantage of the opportunity and gained a lot from the races that will be applied next weekend.
"Mallory ran a six second PR and is finishing the year on a high note - this has been evident in both her workouts and last couple races."
The throwers also had a good day of performances. Junior Josie Hardin (Acworth, Ga.) and freshman Alyssa Andersen (Oswego, Ill.) advanced to the finals of the Hammer Throw. Andersen went on to finish eighth overall with a new program record mark of 52.90m and Hardin was one step behind in ninth place.
"Alyssa started to show us a little bit of what she's capable of today. She's so athletic and so strong; things are really starting to come together for her," said Assistant Coach Joe Frye. "Josie and Alyssa are both contenders for the title next week."
BU returns to action next weekend at the OVC Outdoor Championships, hosted by Tennessee State University, May 13-14.
Belmont Only Results
T6/15 Hannah Beth Moorhouse 1.59m
12/13 Morgan Tweddle 26.54m
10/16 LaCarol Baynes 15.82
11/16 Jenna Langdon 15.85
1500m Run Fast Section
1/11 Hannah Wittman 4:23.06