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The 10th ranked Embry-Riddle women’s track and field team hit six national qualifying standards as it hosted the ERAU Last Chance Meet at the Embry-Riddle Track and Field Complex on Saturday.
Once again, senior Ellie Staker led the Eagles as she posted a “A” standard in the 800m. Her time of 2:04.43 in the event set new school record and is the best time in the NAIA this season.
Freshman Daisha Brown also set a new school record in the triple jump as she hit her first “A” standard of the season with mark of 11.90m.
Fellow freshman Kristen Metcalfe continued her stellar freshman campaign as she hit her sixth automatic qualifying standard of the season, posting a time of 56.10 in the 400m. Metcalfe was also part of the Eagles’ 4x400m relay squad, along with Staker, Martina Tafoya, and Marina LeVine, that posted its second “A” standard of the season on Saturday with a time of 3:53.03.
The women’s 4x800m relay team of Alana Bell, LeVine, Tafoya, and Rebecca Love also qualified for nationals by hitting its first national qualifying standard of the year, a “B” standard, with a time of 9:47.85.
Kandice Dixon achieved a “B” standard as well, putting up a time of 25.27 in the 200m. Dixon missed out on hitting a “B” standard in the 60m by the slimmest of margins, falling .01 second short with a time of 7.86.
Tafoya also fell short of posting a “B” standard in the 600m by just .05 seconds as she crossed the finish line in 1:38.55.
More than a handful of Eagles set personal records on Saturday. Aleiyah Ross (10:52.45), Alex Orr (11:02.30), and Jaena Smith (11:22.98) all posted their career best times in the 3000m. Love posted her best time in the 1000m as she won the race with a time of 3:04.18, while Bell set her career best in the 60m with a time of 7.96.
Also of note, ERAU freshman Eliza Gazda ran in the Gasparilla Half Marathon in Tampa this weekend. Gazda hit a “B” standard in the event, posting time of 1:31:02.
The next meet for the Eagles is the NAIA National Championships. ERAU will send over 10 athletes to compete in the national meet in Geneva, Ohio from March 5-7.