DURHAM, N.C. - For the first time in seven years the Gallaudet University men's and women's track and field program competed in a conference championship. The Bison participated in the first Atlantic Independent Track and Field Championship hosted by Methodist University here Thursday at Durham County Memorial Stadium.
The Bison women's team finished sixth overall with 34 team points. The host Monarchs won the championship with 164 points and was followed by Piedmont College (110 points), Pfeiffer University (93), Covenant College (57), Meredith College (53) and Gallaudet.
Junior Lawjen Ashmore (Fairbanks, Alaska) was GU's top runner as she finished second in the 400-meter dash as she finished in 1:00.76.
Senior Shellane McKitty (Yonkers, N.Y.) finished fifth in the 100-meter dash as she crossed the finish line in 13.02 seconds. McKitty was right behind Ashmore in the 400-meter dash in fifth place (1:01.32).
Sophomore Karina Mitchell (Las Cruces, N.M.) was fourth in the 100-meter hurdles as she clocked in at 19.31 seconds.
In the field events, sophomore Saria Webb (Duncanville, Texas) finished second overall in the shot put with a top toss of 9.33 meters (30 feet, 7.5 inches). Webb's top throw happened on her second of six attempts.
Junior Abby Courtemanche (Southbridge, Mass.) took third in the hammer with a throw of 22.81 meters (74 feet, 10 inches) and finished seventh in the shot put with a top throw of 6.97 meters (22 feet, 10.5 inches).
Freshman Tiffany Anderson (Forest Lake, Minn.) was fourth in the javelin as her third of four throws landed 25.14 meters (82 feet, six inches).
- McKitty was ninth in the 200-meter dash (28.01)
- Mitchell placed 15th in the 200-meter dash (32.75)
- Paulette Melendez (Davenport, Fla.) was 16th in the 200-meter dash (33.11)
- Senior Ivy Sahneyah (First Mesa, Ariz.) finished 16th in the 1,500-meter run (7:21.25)
- Sahneyah placed 17th in the 800-meter run (3:21.99)
- GU last competed in a conference championship in 2010, when it was a member of the Capital Athletic Conference
Gallaudet returns home to host the Bison Invitational on Saturday, April 22, at the Thomas O. Berg Track at 9:30 a.m.