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Sanders Picks Up Win, Converse Impressive at UNCG Early Bird

Sanders Picks Up Win, Converse Impressive at UNCG Early Bird




GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Converse track and field team kicked off the season on Sunday, December 3 at the UNCG Early Bird. On the day the Valkyries were able to defeat Winston Salem State (47-41) and Barton (57-25) head-to-head.

Dasia Sanders was the top performer for the Purple and Gold, grabbing the title in her hurdles event with a new school record of 8.96 seconds, while teammate Kristin Frost also set a new standard at Converse as she finished fourth in the pole vault event, clearing 9 feet 6 1/4 inches.

Freshman Jamie Connelly competed in several events over the course of the day, including the 3000 meter race where she destroyed the school record by an amazing 21 seconds, while finishing 7th overall in the event. Connelly also turned in an impressive time of 5:40.45 in the mile, good enough for top-3 in program history.

Sprinters Breyanna Brown (8.05) and Tyaisha Gant (8.09) displayed their talents in the 60m, crossing the tape with the fourth and fifth-fastest times in Converse history, while Gant (26.93) posted the fourth-fastest time in school history in the 200m. Brown (27.14) and Sanders (27.22) captured sixth and seventh-best, respectively.

As for the distance runners Marie Smith ran a 1:03.19 in the 400, while Kemani Agnew posted a 1:06.35, both times good enough for fourth and seventh, respectively, in program record books.

Other notable times (school ranking in parentheses):

Jane Macsay- 800m- 2:37.56 (4th)

Anna Aceto-Korn- 800m- 2:49.35 (7th)

Autumn Stone- Mile- 5:48.48 (6th)

Jane Macsay- Mile- 5:52.81 (7th)   

"This was a great opener for us", said coach Brandon Morton. We beat some pretty good teams and Dasia Sanders really set the tone for our team with a win in the hurdles. Kristin Frost also came up big in the pole vault nearly setting a school record in her first meet back from volleyball. We have work to do but this was a great opener for us." 

Converse will be back in action on January 12-13 as it travels to Tennessee to take part in the ETSU Invitational.