Mudy, relays highlight Niswonger Invitational

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Justyna Mudy

Justyna Mudy

Feb. 2, 2009

Complete Results

Johnson City, Tenn. - Competing against teams from conferences such as the ACC and SEC had no effect on the women's track team this weekend at the Niswonger Invitational, held at East Tennessee State University. The ladies added another relay to the national qualifying list, while lowering individual personal bests in their respective events.

The team was lead by Justyna Mudy, who won the 5000m run in a school record and national qualifying time of 17:21.52. The Poland native sat comfortably in third for most of the race, tucked in behind two veteran athletes.

"Our plan was to just get her a good workout in and qualify for nationals," coach Jay Stephenson said about the cross-county All-American. Once the bell lap came, she drove passed the leaders, and took control to the tape. "The two in front of her did all the work for her; she just held on and finished the race with a good kick."

Mudy ended her day with another record, anchoring the women's distance medley relay. Mudy, along with Sarah Massey, Dominique Woods, and Courtney Pike dropped over a minute from the previous record with a new time of 12:50.28.

Keeping with the tradition of breaking records, Natasha Woodruff lowered her own 60m hurdle record. Her time of 9.72 lowered her previous best by .04 seconds.

Tia Moreland, who already holds the team's 600m record, broke the 800m record in her half mile debut in a time of 2:33.19. "I went out too fast at the beginning," the exhausted newcomer explained, "but I had to start somewhere."

Just as they did the week before, the women's 4x400m relay broke the school record in the final event of the day. Dominique Woods, Mia Jones, Keiera Haggins, and Jessica Coons lowered their team record, and national qualifying time to 4:04.16.

The team travels back to Indiana University next week for the Hoosier Invitational. The one day meet will feature more of the best competition in the nation on the banked 200 meter track.

Shorter College Women's Track
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