LYNCHBURG, VA–Winthrop distance runner Jeanne Stroud ran away with the women’s 10,000 meter title and men’s hammer thrower Jake Elliott broke a school record on Thursday night at the 2013 Big South Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships being held at Liberty University.
Stroud, a junior from Charleston, SC, finished the race with a time of 36 minutes and 6 seconds to finish ahead of second place runner Christine Kanagy of Liberty by 44 seconds. According to Winthrop head coach Ben Paxton, Stroud ran conservitavely in the lead pack of runners through the first seven laps of the 25 lap race. “She then surged to the lead and quickly opened a growing lead over the next 13 laps before cruising to a commanding lead and that reached more than half a lap ahead of her closest pursuer.”
The win is Stroud’s first career collegiate outdoor title and gives her a sweep of this year’s indoor and outdoor 10K championships.
Elliott, a junior from Williamstown, WV, broke the school record in the men’s hammer with a throw of 52.36 meters as he finished seventh. Freshman Dana Moore was a surprise finalist in the women’s long jump, finishing with a personal best distance of 5.35 meters.