ATLANTA - The SAA announced the women's track & field Athletes of the Week for outdoor events competed this past Saturday and, following voting by the league head coaches, Centre student-athletes swept the honors with Annie Rodenfels claiming Track Athlete of the Week and Molly O'Dea winning Field Athlete of the Week.
SAA Women's Track Athlete of the Week - Annie Rodenfels of Centre
Annie Rodenfels (pictured at right) of Centre had a spectacular opening to her sophomore outdoor season at the Southern Invitational in Birmingham, Ala. this past weekend. First, Annie ran a new personal best in the 1500 meters with a time of 4:48.12. She placed third in the event out of 43 women of all divisions. This time ranks her first on the SAA Performance List and 4th in the Nation among NCAA Division III athletes. Next, Annie ran the 800 meters where she also ran a new personal best time of 2:21.42. She placed third in that event as well out of 39 women of all divisions. This time also ranks her first on the SAA Performance List and 7th in the Nation among NCAA Division III athletes. To end the meet, Annie anchored the Centre 4x400 meter relay team to a 1st place team finish in the event.
SAA Women's Field Athlete of the Week - Molly O'Dea of Centre
Molly O'Dea of Centre had a wonderful outdoor season freshman debut at the Southern Invitational in Birmingham, Ala. this past weekend. Molly jumped a new personal best in the Triple Jump with a leap of 37'1.75". She finished second place in the event out of 18 women of all divisions. Molly's jump was also a new Centre outdoor school record. Molly also finished in third place in the women's Long Jump. Battling wind, rain, and cold temperatures, Molly jumped 15'2.75" beating 19 other women of all divisions.
Other notable performances from around the league:
Freshman Abby Carrol of Berry ran a PR of 18:34.53 in the Women's 5000m at the Southern Invitational placing 3rd. Her time is ranked #11 in the Nation currently.
Tricia Murphy of Sewanee had two personal best performances this past weekend at the Southern Invitational in cold and rainy Birmingham. The Tiger junior improved her times in both the 1500 meter and the 800 meter run to 5:14 and 2:38.
Freshman Rachel Bibbey of Berry remained undefeated in the Discus after two meets this season winning the Southern Invitational throwing a lifetime PR of 38.02m and currently leads the SAA by almost two meters. She is currently ranked #9 in the Nation.