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Midway Track & Field concludes indoor season with strong showing at Fred Wilt Invitational

The Midway University women’s track and field squad concluded the indoor portion of their schedule on Saturday, Feb. 23, when they traveled to Anderson, Ind. to compete in the Fred Wilt Invitational hosted by Anderson University. No team scores were kept in the event, but it was a successful end to the indoor season for Jay Walls’ squad. The Eagles posted nine top-8 finishes with seven personal best performances as well as eight performances that were season best. “It will be important for the ladies to keep the momentum going during spring break and get their training in while away from campus,” said Walls. “Putting in the work during these breaks is what separates the average track athletes from good track athletes.” Isabel Haydon and Abby Sparks got the day started taking home a pair top-eight finishes in the 200 meters. Haydon took fourth with a time of 28.33, while Sparks was just behind in sixth with a time of 28.41. Both times were their best of the season. Tatyana Peterson and Annie Oakley each ran season-best in the 200 meters with 28.98 and 30.23, respectively, while Shelbie Williams posted a solid time at 30.06. Sparks continued her strong day by leading the way in the 400 meters with a second-place performance with a time of 1:03.53, which was a season best time. Haydon also ran a season best in seventh place with a time of 1:06.45, while Williams ran a personal record with a time of 1:06.51 in eighth place. Oakley also ran in the 400 with a time of 1:10.99. Midway had six runners compete in the 800 meters led by a ninth-place finish from Emily Chandler. Chandler carded a time of 2:42.11, while Sadie Taylor posted a season best with a time of 2:44.61. Also appearing in the 800 meters was Julia Sammett with a time of 2:46.25, Madeline Segars with a time of 2:50.29, Josette Isaacs with a time of 2:59.32 and Philippa Asherwood with a time of 3:06.54. Segars and Asherwood garnered personal records in the mile run with times of 6:09.25 and 6:27.47, respectively, while Isaacs ran a season best with a time of 6:34.53. Two Eagles placed in the 60-meter hurdles with Oakley posting a personal best in third place. She had time of 10.07, while Williams wasn’t far behind in seventh with a time of 10.68. The quartet of Sparks, Taylor, Sammett and Chandler posted a second-place finish in the distance medley relay with a time of 14:12.42. Loren Seely carded a personal best in the weight throw with a distance of 9.85 meters, while finishing in eighth place in the shot put with 10.13 meters. Cassie Fryman also competed in the shot put with of 6.22 meters. The Eagles will begin the outdoor portion of their season on Saturday, Mar. 23, when they travel to nearby Lexington to compete in the Transylvania Invitational.

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