WASHINGTON - The Gallaudet University women's track and field team is looking to move forward into the outdoor season after the team's veterans excelled at a high level during their indoor track and field season. Head coach Byron Moore is returning for his third season at the helm and he believes that the team's healthy mix of rookies and veterans has the potential to be successful.
The team has been competing indoors for the last three months and will make the move outdoors to compete in eight meets during the 2017 season.
This year the team has made it their goal to qualify for the Atlantic Track and Field Independent Championship meet in North Carolina on April 20 and bring home some awards.
The Bison will be on the road for most of the season but will return home Saturday, April 22, to host the Bison Invitational.
Here is a breakdown of the 2017 women's outdoor track and field team.
Records: 4x400 meter relay record set, broke 36-year-old school record
Highlight: The Bison Invitational and the Gallaudet Invitational
Shellane McKitty (Yonkers, N.Y.), Sr.
McKitty was a consistent top finisher during the indoor season for the Bison. During the indoor season she saw success in the 200 and 400-meter dashes. McKitty is expected to score points in several sprinting events for the Bison.
Saria Webb (Duncanville, Texas), So.
Webb is expected to score points for the Bison in various sprint events. During the indoor season, she competed in the 60-meter dash.
Lindsey Corthell (Orlando, Fla.)
The Bison will have large shoes to fill with the absence of Corthell. During her senior season Corthell was a member of the women's 4x400 meter relay team that set a new school record on April 30, 2016, finishing in 4:09.94 seconds.
Anyia Brown (Wilmington, Del.), Fr.
Brown joined Webb and McKitty for the 4x200 meter relay during the indoor season. She also comepted in the 200-meter dash. She is expected to continue to excel during these events during the outdoor season.
Courtney Langford (Chicago, Ill.), Fr.
Langford made an impact in several spriting events during the indoor season. Langford is expected to make an impact during the 60-meter dash and will join Brown, Webb and McKitty for the 4x200 meter relay.
- Season opener: Lloyd Sigler Spring Classic at Salisbury University (March 4)
- Home meet: Bison Invite at Gallaudet University (April 22)
- Final Meet: Paul Kaiser Classic at Shippensburg University (April 29)
- Division III National Championship: SPIRE Institute (May 25-27)
The season will open up at the Lloyd Sigler Spring Meet hosted by Salisbury University on March 4. Three weeks later on March 25, the Bison will compete at the Goucher College Track & Field Classic in Towson, Md.
GU will wrap up the month of March and welcome April at the 31st Annual Battleground Relays hosted by the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Va., on March 31-April 1. Two weeks later, Gallaudet will compete at another two-day meet. The New Captains Classic is hosted by Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Va., and will be held over the weekend of April 14-15.
Gallaudet will travel for the Atlantic Independent Championship Meet hosted by Methodist University in Durham, N.C., on April 20 for the first time in program history.
On April 22, Gallaudet University will host the Bison Invitational at the Thomas O. Berg Track at Hotchkiss Field. This is the only home track and field event for Gallaudet.
The Bison will wrap up the season at the Paul Kaiser Classic at Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania on April 29.
If any Gallaudet student-athletes qualify for the 2017 Division III Outdoor Championships, they will compete on May 25-27 at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio.