NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Belmont track and field teams are gaining momentum as the start of the outdoor season looms closer. The Bruins will look to build off of recent indoor achievements to find success in the outdoor season.
The women's team will compete in one more indoor meet before traveling to Charletson, Ill. on Feb. 24-25 for the Ohio Valley Conference Indoor Championships.
The Bruins are optimistic for a successful outdoor season as they return several athletes who performed well last season. The hammer throw promises to be an exciting event for the Belmont throw team as senior Josie Hardin (Acworth, Ga.) is the defending Conference Champion in the event while sophomore Alyssa Andersen (Oswego, Ill.) currently holds the school record. Junior Karly Hibbard (Edmonds, Wash.) will be back in action in the javelin after she qualified for Nationals last year but was sidelined by injury.
Other returning athletes include sophomore LaCarol Baynes (Houston, Texas), who boasted a third place finish in the 400m hurdles at the 2016 Ohio Valley Conference Outdoor Championships. Baynes missed qualifying for Nationals by a narrow margin. Distance runner Kiera Weems (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) will look to add to the Belmont squad in her junior campaign as she is currently training for the steeplechase.
Belmont will also turn to several newcomers to play big roles in the campaign. Distance runner, junior Jessica King (Fishers, Ind.), will compete in her first full outdoor season and freshman sprinter Abbie Whitehurst (Franklin, Tenn.) also has great potential for the 2017 season.
The next meet for the women's track and field team is the Music City Challenge Feb. 10-11 in Nashville, Tenn.