Women’s track and field breaks records

Yasmeen Ebada, sports editor

Women’s track and field broke three school records at the South Alabama Jaguar Invitational on Sunday.

Junior sports administration major Tonia McKinley set a personal record in the 200-meter dash with a time of 25.17 seconds. Her time put her in second place in the Southern Conference.2015_Ruch_Kimberly_2_slider

“Overall, there is no such thing as a perfect runner, so I ran my race which could have been a little better, but I’m glad with the outcome,” McKinley said.

Sophomore history major Sarah Sanford, sophomore health science major Victoria Wicks, junior nutrition and dietetics major Abbie Cutcliffe and senior health science major Kimmy Ruch shattered the school record in the 4×400 meter relay.

They posted the No. 1 conference time, 3:48.18 minutes, and came in third place.

“We had an awesome meet this weekend. The women’s team is poised to win indoor conference thanks to some incredible performances this season. This meet in particular was one to remember for a lot of us,” Ruch said.

Freshman biology major and thrower Tatiana Taylor set a school and personal best heave of 17.53 meters. Her performance also earned her a third place finish in the event. She set another season personal best later in the meet of 12.45 meters in the women’s shot put.

Taylor said the team is working hard to come home with a conference title.

“Breaking the record was an amazing accomplishment, but I’m hungry for more and I can say the same about my teammates. It doesn’t stop here,” Taylor said.

McKinley said she is pleased with the team’s overall performance this weekend and is proud of their work ethic.

“I think my team had a great performance. Each meet, we continue to get better and better and that’s all it takes,” McKinley said.

The team competes next at the Samford Invitational on Feb. 12 and 13 at the Birmingham CrossPlex.

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