The Mary Baldwin outdoor track team competed Saturday at the Doc Jopson Invitational, hosted by Bridgewater College. It was a windy day, making for tough track conditions, but the Fighting Squirrels continue to improve, with six new school records being set.
Brittany Tenn and Syrina Haldiman, both freshmen, qualified for the finals in the long jump. Tenn placed 6th and now holds the MBU record, while Haldiman placed 9th.
Junior Teanna Peavy bested two of her own MBU records, placing 4th in the 100 hurdles and 1st in the 400 hurdles. Haldiman placed 2nd in the 400 hurdles, just behind Peavy and also breaking the previous record. Peavy also made the finals of the shot put, placing 8th, just shy of the record held by Tenn. She also anchored the 4 x 400 relay.
Coach Ely was impressed with Peavy’s showing. “Teanna is such a versatile athlete. She is also willing to compete in whatever the coaches ask her to, and give her absolute best. Every event may not have gone as well as she wanted it to, but you can see that she is determined to improve even more next time. That determination is something every coach likes to see.”
Other performances of note: Stephanie Barbaro (3000m; 4th), Shari Moody (javelin; 6th), and the 4 x 100 relay comprised of Jamilet Cordon, Rakeema Willis, Nisa Warda and Moody set a new MBU record.
Coach Ely was pleased with the Fighting Squirrels’ performances. “When you have a day that 6 new records are set, it’s a good day. We continue to improve with each week, and hope to continue that trajectory through the end of the season.”
The team travels to Liberty University next weekend. MBU’s first event begins at noon.