Women's XC/Track & Field

Several Owls Set Season and Personal Bests at Last Track and Field Meet of Regular Season

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.

Notables:

  • 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

Quotable:

"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."

What's Next:

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.

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