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Ava Studney
Ava Studney ties the App State record in the pole vault.
photo courtesy of Appalachian State Athletics

Appalachian State Women’s Track and Field Team Opens Competition at Virginia Tech’s Doc Hale Meet

The App State women’s track and field team capped the first day of competition at Virginia Tech’s Doc Hale Meet on Friday. The Mountaineers tallied nine top-20 finishes on the day and recorded movement in the program all-time list in several events.

Sophomore Ava Studney clinched first in the women’s unseeded pole vault, clearing a personal-best height of 4.00m (13′ 1.5″). Studney, who previously stood fifth in the App State all-time list, launched to second, tying Taylor Drummonds’ mark, which was set in 2017. Graduate student Noelle Meeker took 11th with a season best of 3.75m (12′ 3.5″), which moves her to ninth in the program list, while fellow graduate student Celia Agee tied for 12th with a season best of her own (3.60m (11′ 9.75)).

In the women’s 60-meter final, senior Taylor Smith matched her personal best of 7.49 to place third overall. Her personal best was previously set at the 2023 VMI Winter Classic. She remains ranked second in the App State all-time list for the event. Taylor Smith also placed 14th in the women’s long jump with a mark of 5.70m (18′ 8.5″).

Graduate student Alexia Moehling placed seventh in the women’s 60-meter hurdles with a season best of 8.78. Her time moved her to fifth in the App State all-time list. Fellow graduate student Ashlee Osaji landed eighth with a leap of 5.82m (19′ 1.25″) in the women’s long jump.

Freshman Sierra Smith, sophomore Daye Talley, and freshman Rebecca Cornett each clocked personal bests in the women’s 400 meters. Sierra Smith stopped the clock at 57.54 to place 15th. Her time also moves her to ninth in the App State all-time list. Talley placed 18th with a time of 58.82 and Cornett clocked a time of 59.71 to place 22nd. Junior Catherine Breault placed 22nd in the women’s 3,000 meters with a personal best of 10:36.55.

On Saturday, field events will resume at 9:30 a.m. and track events resume at 2 p.m.