Women’s track and field starts strong for the 2022 season

Three CCU runners are now nationally ranked in the top 50.  

The women’s indoor track and field team competed in the Carolina Challenge at the University of South Carolina and the Bob Pollock meet at Clemson. In the Carolina Challenge, junior sprinter Melissa Jefferson set two school records. Jefferson ranked fifth nationally in the 200-meter with a time of 23.34 and tenth in the 60-meter dash. 

Sophomore Jermaisha Arnold ranked eighteenth in the 400-meters holding the school-record 53.76. First-year sprinter Alexis Glasco had a time of 8.38 in the 60-meter hurdles and ranks thirty-eighth nationally.  

Jefferson spoke on the team’s chemistry early this season.  

Everybody is rooting for each other. We see how much work we put in on the track. It is just three of us now, but it can be more. If we keep working hard and putting in the work, we will reap the benefits from what we put in,” Jefferson said.  

Her goal for the rest of the indoor season is to qualify for nationals and continue preparing for the outdoor season in March. She hopes to stay ranked and make it to the finals in the 100 and 200-meter dash.  

The Sun Belt Championships will be held Feb. 21 and 22 in Birmingham, Alabama.