NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The 2017 season was a challenging rebuilding year for the Belmont University women's track and field team but, as anticipated, it gave the Bruins something to build on headed into the 2018 indoor campaign.
Stocked with returning talent matured with another year of experience, the Belmont women are eyeing an improved placing after last year's 11th-place finish at the Ohio Valley Conference Indoor Championships.
"With the girls, a lot of them last year were new," said Belmont Associate Head Track Coach Cameron Harvey. "For those returners, they know what to expect and what to do.
"Any improvement is wanted. As a whole for the women's team, we want to see them be more competitive. It's deeper on the women's side of the conference, so points are harder to come by."
The ever competitive OVC helped add to Belmont's growing pains in 2017 – the team also took 10th at the outdoor conference meet – but such competition is ripe with lessons. Now it's time to utilize what was learned.
"We didn't lose that much. We're really building with a lot of talented girls coming in," said sophomore middle-distance runner Katrina Quigley (Nashville, Tenn.). "The runners have just gotten better overall. That's really cool to be a part of, that building process."
While a portion of the Bruins debuted in early December before the holiday break at the unscored Vanderbilt Indoor Opener, Belmont's full squad will be in action starting Friday back at Vanderbilt at the two-day Commodore Invitational.
"After having five weeks off we're hoping that most of them can come back and maintain the shape that they were in when we left in December," Harvey said. "I know a lot of them weren't happy with the December meet as a whole."
The Commodore Invitational begins with select events Friday starting at 4 p.m. The remainder of the meet is slated for 10 a.m. Saturday. Click HERE for a tentative schedule of meet events.
TOP WOMEN'S RETURNERS
Top-10 placings at OVC Indoor Championships
Alyssa Andersen, junior
Weight: 10th (15.65)
Karly Hibbard, senior
Shot put: 7th in 2016 (13.31m)
Hannah Beth Moorhouse, junior
High jump: 8th (1.59m)
Kortney Schardt, sophomore
Mile: 10th (5:09.99)
Abbie Whitehurst, sophomore
60m: 10th (7.75)