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Addison Ollendick-Smith
Addison Ollendick-Smith sets a new Appalachian State women's track and field record in the 600 meters.
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Appalachian State Track and Field Competes at Mondo College Invite

App State freshman Addison Ollendick-Smith set a new program and meet record in the women’s 600 meters at the Mondo College Invite at the JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem, N.C. on Saturday. The Mountaineers totaled 15 top-five finishes on the day and three first-place finishes.

Ollendick-Smith stopped the clock at 1:37.90 to place first in the women’s 600 meters, and was followed by senior Elizabeth Fuller, who clocked a time of 1:39.98 to place second. Smith and Fuller surpassed the previous App State program record of 1:43.2, set by Tania Free in 1991, and will now stand first and second in the App State all-time list, respectively.

In the women’s long jump, junior Siby Yao broke the meet record with a leap of 5.60m (18′ 4.5″). The previous meet record was 5.59m (18′ 4.25″), set in 2020. Sophomore Daiyanna Cooper clinched first in the women’s weight throw with a toss of 17.00m (55′ 9.25) and tied for second in the women’s shot put with junior Megan Plummer, each recording marks of 11.75m (38′ 6.75″). Fellow sophomore Graysen Arnold took third in the women’s weight throw, recording a mark of 15.45 (50′ 8.25″). Senior Celia Agee took third in the women’s pole vault with a clearance of 3.40m (11′ 1.75″), while freshmen Caroline Fowlkes took fourth (3.25m (10′ 8″)) and Ava Studney took fifth (3.25m (10′ 8″)).

On the track, senior Taylor Smith earned silver in the women’s 60-meter finals with a time of 7.68, after qualifying with the same time to place first in her heat in the preliminary race. In the women’s seeded 400 meters, senior Mariah Atwater finished second (58.16), followed by graduate students Jelonnie Smith (third, 58.20) and Hunter Robinson (fourth, 58.42). The 4×400-meter relay team composed of Fuller, Ollendick-Smith, senior Angelina DiBlasi, and sophomore Regan Hodge, placed fifth with a time of 4:15.62.

Up Next
App State is set to host the App Split Open on Jan. 20, with running events at Holmes Convocation Center and field events at Varsity Gym. Events on the track at Holmes are slated for a 4 p.m. start with the women’s 5000 meters, while field events at Varsity Gym are scheduled to start at 5 p.m. with the women’s shot put, women’s long jump and women’s pole vault.