Storm women open outdoor season at Central

Junior Audrey LoVan
Junior Audrey LoVan

PELLA, Iowa — Audrey LoVan turned in a pair of third-place finishes, Briana McCloskey and the 4x400 relay added two more and the Simpson women's track and field team had eight, top-five efforts at the outdoor season-opening Central Invitational on Saturday.

The Storm placed seventh of eight teams with 60 points, within six points of fifth place.

LoVan -- the Storm's top placewinner in four events -- had a busy day. She took third in the pole vault and the 200 and led off the fourth-place 4x100 relay team. Her 28.35 in the 200 was a career-best. 

McCloskey and Courtney Neuendorf fared well in the 5,000 meters. McCloskey took third in 19:05.87, an 18-second improvement over her top time in the event last season. Neuendorf took fourth in 19:39.53.

The 4x400 relay took home the Storm's other third-place finish as the foursome of Jaycie Owens, Bre Waugh, Katie Clark and Keeghan Corcoran crossed the line in 4:19.59.

Owens added a fourth-place effort in the 400 hurdles (1:12.08).

UP NEXT
Simpson goes to Mount Vernon for the Cornell Invitational next Saturday, April 8. 

MEET REPORT
100 meters — 7. Audrey LoVan, 13.68; 10. Rebecca Jensen, 13.96
200 meters — 3. Audrey LoVan, 28.35
400 meters — 6. Bre Waugh, 1:03.52; 9. Keeghan Corcoran, 1:04.94
800 meters — 7. Jessica Lamb, 2:34.20; 9. Audrey Klein, 2:38.37
1500 meters — 11. Shelby Hunemiller, 5:19.65; 12. Audrey Klein, 5:20.12
5000 meters — 3. Briana McCloskey, 19:05.87; 4. Courtney Neuendorf, 19:39.53
100 hurdles — 8. Rebecca Jensen, 17.11; 10. Sarah Sandage, 17.91
400 hurdles — 4. Jaycie Owens, 1:12.08
4x100 relay — 4. Audrey LoVan, Katie Clark, Rebecca Jensen, Jaycie Owens
4x400 relay — 3. Jaycie Owens, Bre Waugh, Katie Clark, Keeghan Corcoran, 4:19.59
Hammer throw — 7. Alex Niemier, 119-07
Long jump — 7. Sarah Sandage, 13-04.25
Discus throw — 13. Jackie Cullinan, 96-10; 15. Madison Anderson, 78-00
Pole vault — 3. Audrey LoVan, 8-06.25
Shot put — 7. Alex Niemier, 36-06.75
Javelin throw — 5. Jackie Cullinan, 88-04