BOONE, N.C. - Appalachian State University women's track had a dominating Day 2 of the Mountaineer Open as they claimed 11-of-12 first place finishes, including junior Breanna Alston breaking the 300m indoor record.
Alston had a record setting afternoon as she broke, not only the App State indoor record, but also the App State Holmes Center record and the Holmes Center record in the 300m dash, running a 38.50. Alston broke her own indoor record of 39.05 that she set in 2011 at the Appalachian Pre-Conference Meet. App State's D'Shawrna McLucas picked up a second place finish in the 300m dash with a 41.45 and Shenita Martin placed third with a 43.10.
Appalachian claimed the first place finish in the 55m dash as Alston ran a 7.03, while McLucas ran a personal-best 7.33 in the finals to clinch the second place finish.
The Apps saw a first place finish from junior Breahna Morrison in the 400m dash as she crossed the line at a 59.70, while Shelby Howell paced App State in the 800m run with a first place finish, running a 2:18.76. Appalachian took the third and fourth place spots in the 800m run as Taryn Stern ran a 2:19.53 for third and Destine' Kirkman ran a 2:22.63 for fourth.
Senior Amanda Hamilton earned her second first place finish of the weekend as she paced the pack in the mile at the Mountaineer Open. Hamilton ran a 5:10.79 in the 1,500m event, while Katie Cagle ran a personal-best 5:18.87 in her first career mile, placing third overall.
For the distance runners, Kayla Schneider took home the first place finish in the 3,000m running a 10:39.66, while the Apps claimed the second and third place positions as well. Junior Jenna Williamson ran a personal-best 10:51.15 and Meaghan McCauley clocked a personal-best 10:51.42, while Dana Cox, Brittany Williams, Shelby Williams and Caitlyn Colo all placed in the top-ten.
Appalachian A 4x300m relay team won their second straight meet as Bryant, Alexandria Wells, Alston and Morrison crossed the line at 2:53.44 and the Appalachian B relay team came in a close second at 2:54.33.
Head coach John Weaver stated, "It was our first after returning from the Christmas holiday. We had several performances that were better than the December meet, many more were equal to the December meet and a few that show we need to regain pre-holiday levels."
Appalachian dominated both the high jump and the pole vault as they claimed the top-three spots in both events. In the high jump, Mary Theresa Montgomery jumped a personal-best 1.65m for the first place spot, while Sydney Cook and Janet Watson both jumped 1.60m. Senior Cassie Crawford notched a first place finish in the pole vault for the second meet in a row as she jumped 3.76m, while Debra Domermuth jumped a personal-best 3.61m and Cook earned a third place finish with a personal-best 3.46m jump.
App State took the top-two places in the shot put as Jasmine Suydam tossed a 13.59m and freshman Brianna Tate threw for a 13.25m. Appalachian rounded out the top five in the shot put as Ana DeLeon and Jocelyn Parnell finished fourth and fifth, respectively.
"Overall we are excited about the challenge ahead of us to win both the men's and women's indoor and outdoor titles.", stated Weaver "It is a tough challenge, but we won't have any more holidays to prevent us from carrying this weekend's momentum to the end of February. Congratulations to Breanna Alston for setting a new App State indoor record, Holmes Center record and the App State Holmes Center record in the 300m dash."
The Apps will be back in action when they hit the road for the first time of the season on Friday, Jan. 25 for the Kentucky Invitational. The meet is slated to start at 7 a.m.