Toledo Women's Track & Field Wraps Up 2019 MAC Indoor Championships with Three Titles

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Senior Shanice Williams clinched first in the 60m finals, defending her title and setting a new
personal-best at the MAC Championships on Saturday.
Kent, Ohio - The University of Toledo women's track and field team wrapped up the final day of competition in the 2019 Indoor Track and Field Mid-American Conference Championships today. The Rockets earned three gold medals throughout the week and set six personal records, ending the weekend fourth overall with 69 points.

Day two of competition was highlighted by senior Shanice Williams defending her title in the 60m dash while also setting a new personal record after finishing in 7.37. The Rocket's other two gold medals came on day one from junior Athena Welsh winning the 5K and sophomore Atalia Lima winning the pentathlon.

"I think we had a really good weekend," said head coach Linh Nguyen. "There were a couple places where we thought we missed a couple points, but there were also some where we got some unexpected points. You can't really be too nit-picky, I just think the women came in and competed hard and we had a really good weekend, the second-highest finish in Toledo history, so I think coming out you got to be pretty happy."

Seniors Petronela Simiuc and Janelle Noe took third (2:10.33) and fourth (2:10.79), respectively in the 800-meters. Noe finished third in the mile (4:44.93), with Simiuc taking fifth (4:49.57) and junior Athena Welsh taking sixth (4:50.15). Welsh went on to take fourth in the 3K with a time of 9:48.8. Welsh was joined on the podium with senior Jennifer Lichter, who placed eighth (9:55.77).

"Petronela PR'ed and Janelle came close to her PR. For them both to do that in their fourth race of the weekend is pretty impressive," said Nguyen. "Athena, similarly, ran almost 10,000 meters-worth of races, and for her to run as well as she did in the mile and 3K today, especially a 3K as the last one, that just shows how talented and how strong those women are"

The 4x400-meter relay team comprised of Nautica Hill, Christina Johnson, Emily Worley, Rayna Horner landed eighth with a time of 3:38.49.

In the shot put senior Katie Dewey took sixth with a heave of 14.90m.

Up Next
Qualifiers for the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships will be announced through a press release on NCAA.com on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 10:00 p.m. NCAA Indoor Championships will be held Mar. 8-9 in Birmingham, Ala.

The Rockets kick off the outdoor portion of the season at the Raleigh Relays, hosted by NC State Friday, Mar. 29 and Saturday, Mar. 30 in Raleigh, N.C.

MAC Indoor Track & Field Championships
Team Standings
1st - Central Michigan - 114.5 points
2nd - Eastern Michigan - 91 points
3rd - Akron - 84 points
4th - Toledo- 69 points
5th - Western Michigan - 62 points
6th - Kent State - 56.5 points
7th - Northern Illinois - 48 points
8th - Ball State - 43 points
9th - Bowling Green - 32 points
10th - Miami (OH) - 29 points
11th - Buffalo - 17 points
11th - Ohio - 17 points

Full Toledo Results
60m Finals
1. Shanice Williams - 7.37 * PR *

800m Finals
3. Petronela Simiuc - 2:10.33 * PR *
4. Janelle Noe - 2:10.79

Mile Finals
3. Janelle Noe - 4:44.93
5. Petronela Simiuc - 4:49.57
6. Athena Welsh - 4:50.15

3000m Finals
4. Athena Welsh -9:48.8
8. Jennifer Lichter - 9.55.77
14. Claire Steigerwald - 10:11.69

5000m Finals
1. Athena Welsh - 16:33.55
8. Jennifer Lichter - 17:11.25

4x400m Relay
8. Nautica Hill, Christina Johnson, Emily Worley, Rayna Horner - 3:38.49

Distance Medley Relay
6. Janelle Noe, Rayna Horner, Petronela Simiuc, Joan Jepkirui - 11:55.25

High Jump Finals
9. Julia Smith- 1.60m - four-way tie
15. Atalia Lima - 1.55m - four-way tie-

Long Jump
8. Deja Martin - 5.55m * PR *
16. Janell Rowe - 5.13m

Triple Jump
13. Janell Rowe - 11.48m
19. Deja Martin - 10.84m

Shot Put
6. Katie Dewey - 14.90m
10. Sally Frank - 13.53m
19. Chloee Kleespies - 12.01m

Weight Throw
20. Katie Dewey - 10.79m

Pentathlon
1. Atalia Lima - 3542 points
T-17. Holly Nation - 2840 points
19. Yana Khabina - 2254 points

Pentathlon - 60m Hurdles
12. Yana Khabina - 9.46
18. Atalia Lima - 9.90
21. Holly Nation - 10.57

Pentathlon - High Jump
2. Atalia Lima - 1.69m
T-5. Holly Nation - 1.60m - * PR *
19. Yana Khabina - 1.39m

Pentathlon - Shot Put
3. Atalia Lima - 11.57m * PR *
13. Yana Khabina - 9.00m
19. Holly Nation - 7.65m

Pentathlon - Long Jump
2. Atalia Lima - 5.47m * PR *
15. Holly Nation - 4.87m
18. Yana Khabina - 4.67m

Pentathlon - 800m
8. Atalia Lima - 2:33.25
10. Holly Nation - 2:38.18