April 29, 2017
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The Florida Atlantic University track and field team completed the 2017 regular season slate at the Tom Jones Memorial with numerous new bests ahead of the upcoming Conference USA Championships.
- Jamika Glades was the lowest individual finisher, with a fifth-place showing despite a tough lane assignment in the 400 meter hurdles. She was second among collegiate runners, in 59.49
- She also was part of the 4x400 meter relay that set a new season-best time. Along with Berneta Boldin, Anne-Catherine Wasser and Sherline Valentin, the foursome finished in 3:44.90 for fifth place, which is also the new fifth-fastest mark in Conference USA and is now ninth on FAU's all-time list
- Mikaela Jonsson ran eighth (fifth among those in college) in the 800 meters (2:14.13) and 16th in the 1,500 (4:43.79). The former was just 0.40 off her previous personal best, the latter set a new PR and slots her 10th all-time at FAU and 25th in C-USA
- The 800 and 1,500 saw PR's for two other Owls: Angelique Francois (2:24.55) and Erica Lersch (4:52.57), respectively. Also in the 1,500, Liz Wellman came in at 4:44.59 and Carydaliz Fontanez ran a 4:54.43
- Deja Jones and Regina Wilkerson achieved new standards in two races. In the 100 meters, Jones crossed at 11.82 and Wilkerson 12.26, both season bests. Jones set an all-time PR in the 200, 24.14 (fifth all-time at FAU and now No. 14 in C-USA), while Wilkerson set a second season low at 24.92
- In the 400 meters, Valentin shot all the way up to No. 3 all-time with a PR of 54.94. She now ranks 14th in the conference
"We're very pleased with our final C-USA tuneup," said Head Coach Alex Smolka. "A number of people achieved new PR's and placed themselves on the FAU all-time performance list. It's exciting to see hard work and dedication pay off. A perfect example is Sherline (Valentin), who's improved by more than two seconds this outdoor season. Sherline is just one of a number of our student-athletes to show great improvement this season. It's great to see everything come together at the right time."
The 2017 C-USA Championships emanates from El Paso, Texas, May 11-14. Stay tuned for more info about the meet as the opening day of the meet draws nearer.