OXFORD, Ala. – The Belmont University women's track and field team competed in the first day of competition at the OVC Championship on Thursday.
Four Belmont athletes competed in two events on the night in Oxford.
Two athletes boasted medal finishes in the hammer throw. Senior Josie Hardin (Acworth, Ga.) capped off her career in the event, grabbing the gold medal for the second consecutive year with a personal and school record mark of 53.68 meters, a personal record. Hardin is the only woman to win back-to-back titles in an individual event in the Belmont OVC era. Sophomore Alyssa Andersen (Oswego, Ill.) also added to the Belmont medal count finishing with a bronze medal mark of 52.31 meters.
"Josie and Alyssa showed up big time today. They were ranked eighth and fifth, respectively, going in and finished first and third. It's so cool to see what these ladies can do when they stick together and push each other. They believed it was possible today, and both of them competed without fear of failure, which is huge. You can't ask for anymore than that," Said Assistant Coach Joe Frye.
Action will continue on Friday starting at 8 a.m. with the multi-events.
1. Josie Hardin 53.68m
3. Alyssa Andersen 52.31m
10. Mallory Young 38:27.72
12. Maria Brauer 38:33.12