MEADVILLE, Pa. -The Allegheny women's track and field team was well-represented at one of the largest collegiate track invitationals in the United States.
Taking part in the David Hemery Valentine's Invitational, hosted by Boston University, the Allegheny distance medley relay team of junior Alyssa Brindle, freshman Natalie Corrado, junior Alexis Preston, and senior Marisa Brown broke a 12-year old school record by posting a time of 12:11.52.
In addition to establishing a new school record, it also marked the fastest mark in the NCAC this season, and third best in Division III.
Brindle opened the race running the 1200-meter portion, finishing with a split of 3:43. Corrado, a Mt. Lebanon graduate, then turned in a time of season-best split of 59 seconds in the 400 meter, before Preston ran the 800 meter leg in 2:20.23. Brown closed the relay by running the mile in 5:06, a career-best.
The Gators took second place in their heat, and finished 14th overall among 30 squads spanning all three NCAA classifications.
The performance of Brindle, Corrado, Preston, and Brown topped the previous Allegheny record of 12:14.30 set in 2003 by the team of Leah Shouey, Liz Shouey, Brooke Woods, and Lindsey Hayes. The Gators' performance in Boston is also the second-fastest time recorded by a NCAC squad dating back to 2010.
(photo courtesy of Allegheny College)