Women's Track & Field - Sun, Apr. 23, 2017
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BLACK MOUNTAIN, N.C. – The Union College women's track & field team repeated as the Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) Championship Meet champion as the Bulldogs set four school records and two meet records en route to the title.

The meet was hosted by Montreat (N.C.) on Friday and Saturday.

Union amassed 210.50 points to win the championship by 49 points over second-place Tennessee Wesleyan. This marks the third time in AAC Championship Meet history a women's team scored over 200 points. King (Tenn.) holds the record with 236 points in 2007, while Union scored 206 points in winning the 2016 championship.

In all, this is Union's third conference championship, having won in 2010 and 2016 as well.

Olivia Whatley (SO/Douglasville, Ga.) was honored as the Top Female Point Scorer for the meet. She participated in six events and tallied 44 points for Union. Whatley won two events: the 100 meter hurdles and the 400 meter hurdles.

Whatley set a meet record in the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 15.12 seconds, while posting a school record in the 400 meter hurdles, winning in 1:05.16.

Union was able to lead pretty much wire-to-wire in the meet as it scored points in 16 of the 21 events. In addition, the Bulldogs notched several top-eight finishes in multiple events.

The Bulldogs had five individual champions. In addition to the two won by Whatley, the other three championships were provided by:

  • Autumn Crump (JR/Marion, Ark.), first in the triple jump (11.27 meters);
  • Reanna Elswick (SO/Jenkins, Ky.), first in the pole vault (2.95 meters);
  • Mykelle Andrews (SO/Louisville, Ky.), first in the 400 meter dash (1:00.91).

Crump's performance in the triple jump was good enough to set the school record, while Ta'Leah Adams (FR/Madison, Ga.) set the school mark in the shot put with a toss of 11.59 meters. The other school record came in the 100 dash as Andrews took second with a time of 12.33 seconds.

Elswick joined Whatley in setting a meet record as she won the pole vault in clearing a height of 2.95 meters.

The Bulldogs collected a total of 20 All-AAC honors. To earn All-AAC recognition, one must finish in the top three of an event. If there are five or fewer in an event, only the winner earns All-AAC honors.

Receiving All-AAC honors for Union were: Adams (second, shot put; second, hammer); Paige Jacobs (FR/Blountsville, Ala.) (second, discus); Molly Diamon (JR/Independence, Ky.) (third, hammer); Tamia Wade (SO/Calhoun, Ga.) (second, long jump; third, high jump); Katie Herdman (JR/New Carlisle, Ohio) (third, long jump; second, 100 meter hurdles); Elswick (first, pole vault); Whatley (first, 100 meter hurdles; first, 400 meter hurdles); Andrews (second, 100 meter dash; first, 400 meter dash; second, 200 meter dash); Caylin Mattox (SO/Cynthiana, Ky.) (third, 100 meter hurdles; third, 400 meter hurdles); and Jar'Nae Dobson (SO/Huntsville, Ala,) (second, 400 meter dash).

Union also had two relay teams to receive All-AAC honors. The 4x100 relay team of Andrews, Crump, Jada Ross (FR/Buchanan, Ga.), and Whatley placed second, while the 4x400 relay team of Andrews, Whatley, Ross, and Dobson finished second as well.

The Union coaching staff of Chad Gwinn, Dan Malloy, and Brian Slater were recognized as the AAC Staff of the Year.

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Union returns to action on May 6 at the University of Kentucky Relays.