Women’s Track And Field: Dayton Places Third At A-10’s, Prepares For Outdoor Season


Carley Roberts
Contributing Writer

The UD Women’s Track and Field team finished third at the indoor A-10 conference meet in Kingston, Rhode Island Feb. 17-18, and now have a several-week break before their outdoor season begins at the end of March.

Junior Emily Borchers ran the 3K, finishing in third with a personal record time of 9:47.15.

Senior Grace McDonald ran the 800-meter in 2:13.95, which is the second-fastest time in UD program history. McDonald advanced to the finals and fell short with sixth place.

Taylor Vernot, a junior distance runner, broke a school 5K record at the conference meet, placing third in the A-10 with a time of 16:40.

“That was pretty exciting,” Vernot said as she explained her success. She also won the 3K and with a personal record time of 9:40.89.

Vernot praised senior thrower Jenni Rossi, who placed first in weight throw and shot put.

“Jenni she just killed it at conference, she got two first places in her events and she won the A-10 Field Performer of the meet so that was exciting for her.”

“Great indoor season, definitely my best personally and I think as a team it was probably our best that we’ve had in a while as well,” Vernot said before revealing her high hopes for the outdoor season.

“There’s still some records to be broken, and I’d like to do that if all possible, so that’s the goal for sure.”

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As a team, the Flyers had to adjust to coaching changes, which, while challenging, made the team stronger.

“We’ve had a couple of coaching changes which has been a little different but I think we’ve all adjusted well to them,” Vernot said.

“And I think we’re all excited to embrace our new training and all that’s going to come in the future.”

With the break between seasons, the women can recharge and train for outdoor. And thru past experiences, the team is optimistic for what’s to come.

Photo taken from Atlantic 10 Conference Facebook.