DURHAM, N.C. -- The Meredith College track & field Avenging Angels finished the outdoor season strong at Thursday's Atlantic Independent Championship. Megan Evans won the 10,000 meter race to open the event, and the Angels finished fifth overall on the day.
Freshman Essence Thomas recorded a third-place finish in the 100m dash finals with a time of 12.66 seconds to set a new all-time Meredith record. Her 26.31 mark in the 200m sprint was also good for third-place and established a new college standard in the event. Thomas posted a fourth-place finish in the 400m sprint.
In Meredith's newest event, the javelin, Demonica Stanley scored third with a mark of 26.54 meters. Amy Rhoney ranked sixth, and Taylor Wilson improved her personal best distance by more than three meters to finish seventh.
Macy Brinson ran a personal best 800m run in a time of 2:40.98 for a first-place finish in her heat and seventh overall. Kiara Glover scored ninth with a time of 2:44.21, and Breanna Hollar ranked 13th overall at a pace of 2:52.85.
Stanley recorded two more personal best performances in the discus and shot put. She threw for a distance of 9.10 meters in the shot and 20.01 in the discus.
In an effort to give the USA South Athletic Conference track & field programs a championship, the Methodist Monarchs coaching staff with input from other USA South member schools hosted the day-long event. Track & field is not currently sponsored by the conference since only a few schools field teams.
Today's meet featured USA South programs Covenant, Methodist, Piedmont, and Meredith. Pfeiffer University, currently a NCAA Division II program who will join the conference next year as the school transitions to Divison III, and Gallaudet University also competed.