Saturday, April 18, 2009
Niners Turn In Hot Times On Crazy Day
Wow!! What a day. On their final weekend of competition before the Atlantic 10 Outdoor Championships, the Charlotte 49ers track and field team had some exceptional performances from the distance squad at Princeton, while the rest of the Niners put in a lot of distance on a trip to "Auburn." Charlotte got things started in the steeplechase with a pair of personal-best performances in the event on both the men's and women's side. Keara Thomas turned in a regional qualifying performance in the women's steeplechase by posting a 15 second PR with a time of 10:39.47, while male counterpart Dakota Lowery posted an 11 second PR with a 9:14.39 second finish. Thomas' finish was second on the all-time list, while Lowery's time is good enough for second all-time. Junior Aaron Kauffman turned in a personal-best finish in the 800m run with a time of 1:52.66. Senior Stephanie Snyder turned in a career best in the 5,000m run with a 17:21.09, which puts Snyder in eighth place on the all-time Niner list. Senior Erin Macauley turned in a season-best time in the steeplechase with a time of 11:09.33. Finally, Aja Jackson was victorious in her heat of the 1500m run with a 4:28.52 second performance, which was a season-best for the Queen City native. For the rest of the Niners, what was going to be a regular day of travel and relaxation, turned into a 13 hour day on the road. Just a side note: There is no Country Inns and Suites off of Exit 62 on I-85 outside of Auburn, we will just let it go at that. Following an hour and a half trip back to Atlanta, the Niners hit the hay at 12:30 a.m. on Saturday morning as they looked to pick up much needed rest for the final meet before the conference championships. Come back to Touch of Green for up to the minute results when the Niners arrive at Auburn tomorrow.