Eagles Ready to Defend their SoCon Outdoor Crown
On the women’s side, the first meet was held in 1987. Only four schools have won: Appalachian State (15), Western Carolina (4),
Last seasons dream was turned into reality, but the Eagles know this year’s journey is going to be much more difficult. They also realize that it’s harder to stay on top then it is to get there and that this weekend at the SoCon Championships everyone will be out to get them.
“This year is going to be a battle until the end,” said GSU coach Natalie Smith. “It is not going to be handed to any team. All of the teams are really stacked this year. We do not have athletes competing in every event, but we do have some events where I think up to four different people will score points and if we do that I believe that we have a great chance of winning.”
This year’s squad has turned in a number of top performances, which is what makes Smith so amped up for this weekend’s meet. The Eagles have broken two school records this season under the second year coach. Earlier this season, Shauntel Jennings (
Hyter was tabbed as the Southern Conference Track & Field Athlete of the Week for her performance at the Shamrock Invitational, while Anthony earned the award after the Irwin Belk Invitational.
The jumpers have also enjoyed success in the long jump event. Hyter has placed first in two of the five meets with a top distance of 20’00.25” at the Irwin Belk Invitational. She has already qualified for the NCAA Regional meet.
GSU ranks first, second and third in both the long and triple jump in the Southern Conference standings.
Sprinting and hurdling will also surely help the Eagles this weekend in Cullowhee. Anthony has the fourth best time (12.00) in the conference this season in the 100m dash, while Carla Ballard (Morrow,
The field events have been a key component and add a lot of depth to this year’s unit. Last year’s Southern Conference Freshman of the Year, Jessica Irizarry (
“In order for us to repeat the girls need to believe that it’s possible,” said Smith. “We have definitely put the work in this year and we have had a lot of adversity throughout the season. I feel that our underclassmen have really stepped up all year, which puts us in great position because they know that the upperclassmen cannot do it on their own and if they will all hold their weight we will see victory at the end. We are all very excited and ready to go. I pray that we will be driving back late on Sunday as champions.
The 2008 Southern Conference Men’s & Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Championships will be held Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27 at the at the Catamount Athletics Complex in Cullowhee, N.C.
- Category: Track & Field
- Published on Thursday, 24 April 2008 00:21