Elon Defends Title; Wins Second Consecutive Women’s CAA Track & Field Championship - bdsthanhhoavn.com

Elon Defends Title; Wins Second Consecutive Women’s CAA Track & Field Championship


DEDHAM, Mass. (May 7, 2022)

– Elon University’s women’s track and field program defended its Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Outdoor Track and Field title, winning its second straight CAA Championship. It marks the fourth title for the Phoenix in program history, which has now won the title on back-to-back on two occasions (2022, 2021, 2016, 2015). 
Elon was led by the CAA Most Outstanding Track Performer Leandra Lorenz, who won gold in a pair of distance events. Lorenz took home gold in the 1500m and then doubled back to earn an individual victory in the 5000m. 
Delaware’s Megan Albamonti was named the CAA Most Outstanding Field Performer after her record-setting performance on day one. Albamonti won the javelin and set a CAA meet record with a throw of 55.78m (183-00). The throw surpassed the previous mark by nearly five meters, which was set in 2006. In addition to setting a school and meet record, the mark ranks fifth in the NCAA this season. 
For the second consecutive season, Dominique Biron of Northeastern won the heptathlon, this year setting the CAA Championship meet record with 5,279 points in the event. Biron won six of the seven events in the competition to take gold, while Delaware’s Destiny DeBlock finished second (4,382 points) and Elon’s Hollie Thurgood placed third (4,296 points). 
Women’s 1500 Meters
Elon’s dominance in the 1500m continued as the Phoenix took the top two spots in the event, marking the fifth straight season an Elon runner has won the event. Lorenz won gold, winning with a time of 4:35.72 to edge her teammate Anna Twomey, who finished in 4:35.94. Ava Duggan of Northeastern rounded out the podium finishers, clocking 4:36.90. 
Women’s 5000 Meters
Lorenz took home her second gold medal of the Championships, giving Elon its second straight individual title in the 5000m. She recorded the winning time of 16:37.68, and her teammate Mariah Ahm placed third with a time of 16:44.19. Delaware’s Susanna Weir split the Phoenix duo, taking second with a performance of 16:39.85.
Women’s 100 Meters
Towson’s Crystal Johnson won the women’s 100m dash for the third consecutive season, joining George Mason’s Murielle Ahoure as the only three-time champions in conference history. Johnson won with a time of 11.76 to edge out Delaware’s Aja Davis in second place (11.83). Elon’s Meghan Wilcox finished third (11.92) to round out the podium. 
Women’s 200 Meters
Johnson won the 200m dash for Towson to sweep the 100 and 200 at the CAA Championships. Johnson crossed the finish in a winning time of 24.04. Halima Scott of Delaware, who won the 400m, claimed a runner-up finish in the 200m (24.41), and William & Mary’s Emily Ervin took third (24.50).
Women’s Shot Put
William & Mary’s Keeley Suzenski won gold for the Tribe in the shot put for the first time since 2013. Suzenski recorded a mark of 14.91m (48-11) to win, while Towson’s Kayla Thorpe took second, throwing 14.05m (46-01.25). Elon’s Lauryn Carlton rounded out the podium finishers, placing third (13.75m)
Women’s 4x100m Relay
Delaware won its first event title in the women’s 4x100m relay with a season-best time of 45.68. The team of Trinity Tapper, Kamylin Padgham, Shylehn Ebuenga-Smith and Davis earned gold. UNCW finished in second with a time of 46.28, followed by Elon in third, clocking 46.39. 
Women’s 100m Hurdles
Sandy Alyssa became the second Elon runner in program history to claim gold in the women’s 100m hurdles and the first since Sydney Griffin in 2016. Alyssa ran an impressive 13.87 to win the event, followed by Isabelle Dely of Northeastern (14.27) and Deborah Gnoumou of Towson (14.84).  
Women’s Discus
Towson’s Fatimah Owens became the first Tiger in program history to win gold in the women’s discus. Owens recorded a mark of 47.43m (155-07) to win the event, followed by William & Mary’s Chelsea Wallace (46.29m) in second and Abigail Klinge of Northeastern in third (45.33m). 
Women’s Triple Jump 
UNCW’s Jayda Hunter became the first Seahawks in program history to win the triple jump as UNCW took two of the top three spots in the event. Hunter leaped 11.92m (39-01.25) to place first, while her teammate Victoria Whimple came in third with a jump of 11.82m (38-09.50). William & Mary’s Megan Heidebrecht was second with a mark of 11.88m (38-11.75). 
Women’s High Jump 
After setting the meet record in the heptathlon, Biron of Northeastern won the high jump with a clearance of 1.65m (5-05). Delaware’s DeBlock earned a second-place finish on misses to UNCW’s Madeline Norr, who both cleared 1.60m (5-03).  
Women’s 3000m Steeplechase
Tina Capparell became the first Delaware student-athlete in program history to win gold in the women’s 3000m steeplechase, finishing in a lifetime best 10:22.95. Elon’s Hannah Miller placed second (10:44.42), and Azza Borovicka-Swanson crossed third (10:47.01) to round out the top-three finishers. 
Women’s 400 Meters 
Delaware’s Scott ran the fastest 400m time in the conference this season to win the event in 54.19. She is the third Blue Hen in program history to claim the event title and the first since 2016. Elon’s Piper Jons took second, finishing in 54.48, and William & Mary’s Ervin was third, clocking 54.69. 
Women’s 800 Meters
Stephanie Lair of Elon claimed the title in the women’s 800m, finishing in a time of 2:11.65, while her teammate, Twomey took third in the event, posting a time of 2:12.57. Delaware’s Jessica Harding broke up the Phoenix duo, taking second in 2:12.56 to edge out Twomey. 
Women’s 400m Hurdles
William & Mary took two of the top three spots in the women’s 400m hurdles.  Makenzie Joiner won the event with a time of 1:02.86, while Clare Howard took third (1:04.94). Joiner is the first William & Mary student-athlete to win the event since 2014. Delaware’s Carly Schmidt claimed silver in the event to round out the top three finishers. 
Women’s 4x400m Relay
In the final event of the championship, Elon capped a championship title with a gold medal in the 4x400m relay. The team of Aliya BarrowsTessa DiPierdomenicoMeghan Wilcox, and Jons finished in a time of 3:45.31 to earn the win. William & Mary finished second (3:46.46), and Delaware took third (3:49.30), rounding out the podium. 
Women’s Team Standings

1. Elon 195 Points
2. Delaware 154 Points
3. Towson 148 Points
4. William & Mary 115 Points
5. Northeastern 107.5 Points
6. Charleston 65.5 Points
7. UNCW 25 Points
8. Hofstra 5 Points

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