GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Only three points separated the top three teams as the Siena Heights women's track and field team was named the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference Champions on Friday after the conference meet. SHU also earned the WHAC Most Valuable Player, Newcomer of the Year and the Coach of the Year awards.
With 30 points for the Saints, Ashley O'Neill took home the Most Valuable Player Award. Asia Gardner earned the Newcomer of the Year award for her two second place performances. Head Coach Kirk Richards earned the Coach of the Year Award for helping SHU to the WHAC Championship Title.
Earning the title in the hammer throw was Ashley O'Neill. She threw nearly four meters further than second place opponent, O'Neill throwing 53.05 meters. Rachel O'Neill took third with a distance of 48.93m.
In the shot put, Ashley O'Neill again took first place with a distance of 13.35 meters. Finishing in fourth and fifth was Courtney Taylor and Rachel O'Neill, respectively, with distances of 12.33m and 12.30m.
Alexis Moore claimed the 400 meter dash title as she crossed finish line in 56.43 seconds.
Clearing the bar at 1.74 meters was Marissa Johnson, winning the WHAC title in the high jump.
Tina Miller threw the javelin 37.74 meters to take first place, over three meters further than the second place performer. In fourth and fifth place were Kennedi Kane and Kayla Gillespie, respectively. Kane threw the javelin 31.58 meters as Gillespie threw 30.21 meters.
In the 10,000 meter run, Kristin Stobinski claimed second place with a time of 38:33.03.
Three Saints finished in the top six in the 200 meter dash, Garnder in second (24.58), Moore (25.04) in fifth and Young-Brooks in sixth (25.19).
SHU earned two more top-six finishes in the 100m dash. Gardner crossed the finish line in second at 11.78 while Young-Brooks followed in fifth at 11.96.
Ashley Russo finished fourth in the 1500 meter run in 4:53.97. Following in sixth place was 4:58.69.
Mildrenae Young-Brooks finished second in the triple jump, going 11.39 meters. She also took fifth place in the long jump with a distance of 5.56 meters. Charlena Williams took fifth in the triple jump with a distance of 11.26 meters.
As a team, the Saints are headed to the NAIA Outdoor National Championships set for May 25-27 in Gulf Shores, Alabama.