Williams shatters CSU weight throw record; Bucs take three titles at VMI Team Challenge

Williams shatters CSU weight throw record; Bucs take three titles at VMI Team Challenge

LEXINGTON, Va. - Milan Williams shattered the CSU women's indoor weight throw record on her way to leading three Buccaneers to titles at the VMI Team Challenge on Saturday afternoon.

Williams (weight throw), Caroline Edmondson (60m hurdles) and the women's 4x400m relay team all claimed top honors at the one-day event held at the Corps Physical Training Facility.

Champions

Top Three

Sprints/Hurdles/Relays
Freshman sprinter Lauryn James led three athletes among the top-10 finishers in the women's 60m dash preliminaries. James was second overall in the preliminaries with a time of 7.81 to win the third heat and advance to the championships. Chaneal Harris (ninth) and Shantel Ardley (10th) finished back-to-back in 7.91 and 7.94 seconds in the event.

James finished second overall in the finals after crossing the line in 7.67 to earn the podium result.

Caroline Edmondson won the first heat and was the overall leader following the 60m hurdles preliminaries. The junior crossed the line in 8.81 to lead all runners in the event. Chaneal Harris (8.93) and Shantel Ardley (9.52) finished fourth and ninth in the preliminary rounds.

Edmondson continued her strong afternoon in winning the 60m hurdle event in the finals. The junior crossed the line in 8.79m to win the event for the first time in the 2019 indoor season. Harris placed fourth overall in the finals with a time of 8.95.

Eden Senior and Edmondson finished in the top six in the women's 400m race to lead three Bucs in the event. Senior was fifth overall in 58.24, while Edmondson placed sixth in 58.78. Rhone' Allen also took on the field finishing 13th overall in 59.24.

Javenique McDowell and Rebecca Cadet both were in the top-10 in the women's 800m race. McDowell was sixth overall in 2:20.96, while Cadet placed 10th in the field in 2:27.71.

James and Allen were two-three in the women's 200m dash standings to pace five Buccaneers in the event. James finished second overall in 25.21, while Allen was just behind in 25.49. Ardley was also in the top 10 after crossing in 25.67 to place seventh in the field. Senior finished 20th in 26.24, while Harris rounded out the group in 26.54.

The Bucs wrapped up the day winning the women's 4x400m relay event. Allen, Senior, James, and Edmondson crossed the line in 3:55.77 to top the field by nearly three seconds in winning the event.

Jumps
Victoria Gibson topped the Bucs in the women's long jump event. The junior reached 4.86m to place 18th overall in the field.

Gibson also took on the field in the high jump event. The junior cleared 1.45m on her first attempt to place 10th overall.

Throws
Milan Williams and Caroline Edmondson took on the field in the women's shot put event. Williams was ninth overall with a throw of 12.22m, while Edmondson finished 12th in the field in 10.97m.

Milan Williams shattered the CSU women's indoor record in the weight throw on her final attempt of the day. Williams reached 18.36m to break the mark of 17.90 tied by Daisy Whitaker (2013) and Williams (2018) to win the event title.

Distance
Caroline Inman made an appearance on the podium in the women's mile run as the freshman finished third overall in the field. Inman crossed the line in 5:17.33 to lead the Bucs, while Grace Schvaneveldt was 10th in 6:07.80.

Makennah Mills led five runners in the women's 3000m race on Saturday evening. Mills finished 12th overall in 10:55.76, while Zanelle Willemse was 14th in 11:11.63. Taylor Barnes placed 16th overall in 11:36.35 and Darrian Cole finished two spots back after crossing the line in 11:47.84. Sarah Taylor wrapped up the group in 12:47.55.

Up Next
Charleston Southern will split the team up next weekend as the Bucs will travel to the Carolina Challenge (Feb. 1-2) and the Liberty Elite Invitational (Feb. 2).

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