ATLANTA – The Taylor women's track and field team enjoyed a splendid first day at the Emory Classic on Friday.
Alex Berends delivered the highlight of the day for the Trojans as the freshman set the facility record with a race-winning time of 10:58.37 which also earned the Hudsonville, Mich., an automatic qualification time into the NAIA National Championships. While Berends won the race the Trojans also claimed second and fourth place as 2014 NAIA Steeplechase All-American Elaine Schmeltz finished second with a time of 11:19.04 and also hit the automatic national championship qualification mark. TU's Taryn Seeland added a fourth place finish with a personal-best time of 11:49.27.
The Trojans also took the top three spots in the 10,000-meter run led by senior Allison Steinbeck who provisionally qualified for the national championships with a winning time of 38:10.28. Hannah Schroder (38:34.08) and Anissa Richards (39:15.81) finished second and third, respectively.
Junior Haley White finished second in the javelin with a toss of 37.33 meters while the TU 4x800 relay team of Jane Hawks, Jenna Norris, Shelby Wilson, and Sarina Oleson finished third with a time of 9:34.79.
The Trojans continue with the final day of the Emory Classic on Saturday.