Records break at the Icebreaker and Holiday Classic


Sophomore Olivia Hurtt holds the shot put in a competition at Case Western on Saturday, Dec. 7.

Anna Meyer, Staff Reporter

On Dec. 6 and 7, the JCU women’s track and field team shattered numerous records while competing in unscored split squad meets at Youngstown State and Case Western Reserve. 

On Friday, sophomore Lucia Cannata kicked things off with two new school records. In the 200-meter race, Cannata finished seventh with a time of 25.21 seconds, beating Ashura Powells’ record from last season. 

Cannata then crushed another school record. In the 60-meter dash, she placed 14th with a time of 7.83 seconds. Her time beat the 2016 record held by Emily Jenkins.

Sophomore Mary Clare Smeltzer finished in 12th place in the 800-meter race against numerous Division I runners, with a final time of 2:28.81. 

The cross country runners succeded in the distance events after recently coming off their most successful season. In the 5,000-meter event, sophomore Cameron Bujaucius tabbed a third place finish within 17:55.85 minutes. Junior Morgan Kelley and Sophomore Moira Anderson finished within the top 10 as well. 

In the triple jump event, junior jumper Courtney Phoennik placed seventh with 11.5 meter mark. Maria Deluca also claimed the 10th-place spot in the event with an 11.01 meter finish. 

On Saturday at Case Western Reserve, JCU’s throwers and vaulters showcased their skills.

Olivia Hurtt took third place with a mark of 15.02 meters in the weight throw event. She also finished third in the shot put.

As the weekend concluded, one of the longest standing records was snapped by a freshman pole vaulter, Caroline Beery. She broke John Carroll Hall of Famer Kristi Branam’s indoor record in the pole vault event. Beery posted a mark of 3.20 meters, good enough to surpass Branam’s 2002 record of 3.13 meters. 

JCU is back this weekend at Kent State in the Golden Flashes Gala, that takes place this Saturday.