GRANTHAM, Pa – The Gallaudet University women’s track and field team placed 7th overall with 42 team points at the Messiah Invitational on Saturday and set two school records in the process. Messiah College won the meet with 195 points followed by Dickinson College (132.5 points) and Lebanon Valley College (132 points).
Sophomore Leslye Kang (Wayne, N.J.) won the javelin with a throw of 43.98 meters (144 feet, three inches). Kang’s throw crushes her old school record of 39.37 meters (129 feet, two inches) set back on March 24. This is the fourth time that Kang has won the javelin throw this year.
Sophomore Mariah Ransom (Snellville, Ga.) continued her impressive campaign with a third-place finish in the 100-meter hurdles. Random was just .01 of a second behind second place as she finished in 14.75 seconds. Ransom’s breaks her current school record of 15.39 seconds set two weeks ago at the Jim Taylor Invitational. Ransom was also third in the 400-meter hurdles as she finished in 1:07.80, a second off the school record she set last week.
“We had a stellar performance at Messiah. Many of our student-athletes set many personal records and several are close to setting some new school records,” Gallaudet coach Mikaela Hudson said. “This team continues to grow in support of one another in both individual and team performances. I could not have asked for a better team.”
Freshman Lindsey Corthell (Orlando, Fla.) also had a strong outing as she placed second in the 400-meter dash (1:03.61). Corthell beat third-place runner Caitlin Biggers from Goucher by just 0.11 of a second. Corthell also placed ninth in the 800-meter run (2:32.77).
In the long distance events, junior Chelsie Stallings (Sulphur, Okla.) finished ninth in the 5,000-meter run as she crossed the finish line in 21:48.48 while freshman Rachel Young (Leesburg, Va.) finished in 12th place (24:37.72).
Kang, sophomore Shadoe Williamson (Austin, Texas), Corthell and Ransom teamed up to help the Bison finish second in the 4x400 relay in 4:21.91. The team of Ransom, Corthell, Williamson and Young helped the Bison finish sixth in the 4x800 relay in 11:10.62.
The Bison will have a weekend off before competing in the Paul Kaiser Classic on April 28, in Shippensburg, Pa.