Scott Goode, Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Information
CONWAY – Two Harding freshmen earned event victories for the Lady Bisons Saturday at the UCA Open track and field meet.
Liz Fouts broke her own school record and eclipsed the NCAA provisional mark for the first time with a winning throw of 147 feet 8 inches. She had fouled on four of her first five throws, but her sixth and final throw was the record-breaker.
Fouts has now won the discus in each of her last three meets. She is now ranked in the top 40 nationally in the discus.
In the running events, Alicja Minczuk won the 800 meters in 2 minutes, 17.40 seconds. It was her fourth event victory of the outdoor season and her second in the 800 meters. She also won the 800 at the Harding Invitational on March 24.
Harding had one other top-three finish in the running events. Senior Raianne Mason was third in the 100-meter hurdles in 15.15.
The Lady Bisons also turned in two second-place finishes and four thirds in the field events. Senior Kaeli Miller was second in the pole vault (9-05.75), and Cara Mason was second in the shot put (36-02).
Third-place finishers included freshman Darcy Sanford in the high jump (5-3), freshman Anna Bristo in the pole vault (8-11.75), sophomore Ariel Syrotchen in the hammer throw (125-00), and sophomore Jenni Nadeau in the javelin (110-10).
Harding’s next outdoor event is the Great American Conference Championship beginning April 19 in Magnolia, Arkansas.