LYNCHBURG, Va. - Charleston Southern's women's track & field team capped a strong showing at the 2019 Big South Indoor Track & Field Championships on Saturday afternoon as the Buccaneers finished up third in the team standings.
Caroline Edmondson (Scholar-Athlete of the Year) was recognized in the post-Championship award ceremony to help pace the Bucs on the final day at the Liberty Indoor Track & Field Complex.
Edmondson showcased her abilities on the track this weekend winning the women's pentathlon on Friday and placed in the top three in the women's high jump. She was the anchor in the women's 4x400m relay team that captured the title in the final event of the championships. Edmondson is majoring in Kinesiology Clinical at Charleston Southern. The Dickson, Tenn. native has posted a 4.00 GPA over her last three years with the Bucs.
Hampton won the team overall title with 162.5 points. High Point (159) and Charleston Southern (95) rounded out the top three in the conference standings.
- 400m dash – Eden Senior (56.62)
- 4x400m relay – Rhone' Allen, Eden Senior, Lauryn James, Caroline Edmondson
Chaneal Harris and Caroline Edmondson both narrowly missed out on podium finishes in the women's 60m hurdles event. Harris placed fourth overall in 8.90, while Edmondson was fifth in the field after crossing in 8.96.
Eden Senior took the championship in the women's 400m dash. The freshman was second after the first lap behind Hampton's Autumn Smith, before pulling away with a 30.332 on the final 200m to take the event title.
Lauryn James narrowly missed out on a podium finish in the women's 60m dash as the freshman and teammate Rhone' Allen took on the field in the event finals. James placed fourth overall in 7.62, while Allen was sixth in 7.65.
Rebecca Cadet placed sixth overall in the women's 800m race after advancing to Saturday's finals. The junior crossed the line in 2:22.77 to wrap up her events on the day.
James and Allen also came up just short in the women's 200m dash finals on Saturday. James was fourth in 24.68, while Allen was sixth after crossing in 25.11.
The Bucs' 4x400m relay team took the lead on the final leg as Edmondson powered the Bucs with a final 400m time of 56.997 to top Hampton and High Point and take the event title. CSU finished in 3:50.68 – the third-fastest time in program history on their way to closing out the final event of the 2019 Big South Indoor Championships.
Victoria Gibson reached 11.56m to place third overall in the women's triple jump and claimed All-Conference recognition for the first time in her collegiate career. The junior had clean jumps on three of her six attempts with her third mark putting her on the podium.
Milan Williams was on the podium for the first time this weekend as the junior thrower placed third in the women's weight throw. Williams reached 17.59m on her first throw and the mark stood in her signature event.
Makennah Mills was CSU's leader in the women's mile run on Saturday. The freshman placed 14th overall in 5:37.65.
Caroline Inman narrowly missed a podium spot of her own in the women's 3000m race as the freshman led three Buccaneers in the event. Inman placed fourth overall in 10:12.23 to lead teammates Bethany Thornhill (11:01.01, 14th) and Zanelle Willemse (11:07.60, 16th) in the field.