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Ashlee Osaji
Ashlee Osaji finished third at the Sun Belt Championship in the women's triple jump.
photo courtesy of Appalachian State Athletics

App State Women’s Track and Field Competes at Brant Tolsma Invitational

The App State women’s track and field team closed out competition at the Brant Tolsma Invitational on Saturday. Saturday’s action was highlighted by a meet record in the women’s triple jump from graduate student Ashlee Osaji. The Mountaineers also tallied 28 top-10 finishes on the weekend.

“We’re excited to get back on a fast track,” said head coach Damion McLean. “Despite not being able to practice for two days due to the weather, each person competed well.”

In her debut in the Black and Gold, Osaji recorded a meet record of 12.19m (39′ 11.75″) to clinch first in the women’s triple jump.

On the track, senior Taylor Smith, freshman Jayla Adams, and junior Mariah McCord went 1-2-3 in the women’s 60 meters, clocking times of 7.53, 7.59, and 7.73, respectively. Freshman Nicole Wells rounded out the top-five with a time of 7.77.

After advancing to the women’s 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.85 in the prelim, graduate student Alexia Moehling stopped the clock at 8.81 to place third in the 60-meter hurdle final. Moehling, who was previously ninth in the program all-time list, moves to sixth in the App State top-10 list. App State’s 4×400-meter relay team of Wells, sophomore Addison Ollendick-Smith, Adams, and senior Elizabeth Fuller took third with a time of 3:58.96.

Sophomore Ava Studney placed fourth with a clearance of 3.56m (11′ 8″) in the women’s pole vault while junior Daiyanna Cooper rounded out the top-five in the women’s shot put with a toss of 13.31m (43′ 8″).

In the women’s 400 meters, Sierra Smith took fifth with a time of 57.96, while sophomore Daye Talley clocked a time of 59.22 to round out the top-10. Ollendick-Smith recorded a fifth-place finish after clocking a time of 2:17.83 in the women’s 800 meters.

Friday Rewind
On Friday, Taylor Smith landed second with a leap of 5.80m (19′ 0.25″) and Osaji rounded out the top-five with a leap of 5.69 (18′ 8″) in the women’s long jump.

Four Mountaineers finished in the top-10 in the women’s 200 meters, led by Sierra Smith, who took second with a personal best of 24.65. Following Sierra Smith was Adams (fifth, 24.68, PR), Wells (eighth, 25.10, PR), and Talley (10th, 25.21). In the women’s 5,000 meters, Donohue placed seventh with a time of 17:32.06.

Cooper placed ninth in the women’s weight throw with a mark of 16.55m (54′ 3.5″).

App State will make an appearance at the Camel City Invitational at the JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem, N.C. on Jan. 26-27.