Three Freshmen Earn Honors At The Women's Track & Field SoCon Championships
STATESBORO, Ga. – Freshmen Lydia Saina (Eldoret, Kenya/Kapkenda Girls School) earned All-Southern Conference honors to lead three Spartans to All-Freshman accolades in day two of the 2013 Southern Conference Outdoor Championships in Statesboro, Ga., hosted by Georgia Southern at Eagle Field.
Saina turned in the Spartans' top performance of the championships earning All-SoCon honors and SoCon All-Freshman honors in the 5,000-meter distance Sunday. She finished third overall in the distance, turning in a personal-best time of 17:26.71 to finish behind Furman's Sinead Haughey (17:16.84). Saina's time Sunday trimmed over 22 seconds off her previous top time of 17:48.05 set earlier this year at the Duke Invitational.
Freshman Katherine Link (Avon Lake, Ohio/Avon Lake) earned All-Freshman honors in the 5,000-meter race as well when she placed 11th in the race. Link turned in a personal-best time of 18:05.90, trimming over 11 seconds off her previous top time of 18:17.58 set at the Raleigh Relays. Junior Kelly Montague (Garner, N.C./West Johnston) placed 16th in the race with a time of 18.41.38.
Freshman Eira Jensen (Holmveien, Norway/Sortland VGS) rounded out the Spartans earning league accolades Sunday as she was named All-Freshman in the 1,500-meter distance. Jensen, who ran in the second section, won her heat and finished seventh overall with a personal-best time of 4:40.60. She narrowly surpassed her top time of 4:41.97 set at the Duke Invitational. Freshman Katlyn Ayers (Strasburg, Va./Strasburg) placed 23rd overall in the race with a time of 4:58.96.
Junior Shannon Hall (Waldorf, Md./North Point) wrapped up her strong showing at the SoCon Championships in the 800-meter finals, placing fifth in the event for the best showing of her career in the championships. Hall turned in a time of 2:13.03 in the finals, just off her personal-best time which was set in the preliminaries at 2:13.01.
UNCG will travel to the Payton Jordan Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif., next weekend for the first of three events leading up to the NCAA East Regional held in Greensboro on the campus of N.C. A&T May 23-25.
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