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Bartels Qualifies to Defend Title

The Tiger women's track and field team got the season underway by hosting the Ward Haylett Invite.  The Tigers hit two automatic NAIA qualifying marks and three provisional marks.

Katie Bartels won the first event of the day, posting a mark of 1.70m (5-07) in the high jump.  The mark automatically qualifies her for the national meet in March where she will look to defend the national title she won in 2009.

"I hit my goal today, to post a mark of 1.7 meters and to not bail out of my approach in trying to reach the next height," Bartels said.  "I missed practice on Thursday because of the weather so I was nervous but still felt prepared because of how I practiced on Wednesday.  This was the best I felt at this time of the season because of my preseason workouts."

Whitney Collins hit an automatic mark in the weight throw with a toss of 15.21m (49-11.00).  She finished third in the event.  Collins also hit a provisional mark in the shot put with a throw of 12.52m (41-01.00).

Leah Petersen won the pole vault with a mark of 3.30m (10-10.00).  Her mark is a provisional qualifying mark.

In the running events, Deejay Silcott won the 55m and 200m dashes.  In the 55m, she posted a provisional qualifying time of 7.39 seconds.  She ran a time of 26.82 seconds in the 200m.

Amanda Woodward won the 400m dash with a time of 1:02.89.  Viviana Arreola took the 3000m run with a time of 10:52.50.  The Tiger 4x800m team won with a time of 10:32.17.