Sophomore Makes Belle History

Team takes second in Indoor Championships

By Sam Fowler
On March 3, 2016

   

Rambelle track and field took home second place on Feb. 20-21 at the Lone Star Conference Indoor Championships in Alamosa, Colorado.
Despite scoring in every event, the Belles finished with 129.5 points behind champion West Texas A&M’s 153 points.“We had some kids step up and do things that on paper they probably shouldn’t have done,” Head Coach James Reid said. “We represented the university really well.”21 of the Belles’ 30 participants contributed to the  push for a conference title by scoring points in their events.
   Sophomore Kami Norton contributed in a big way with 33 points for the Belles, taking home three individual titles in the high jump, long jump and the 60-meter hurdles.Norton came across the finish line in the 60 meter hurdles in 8.72 seconds with teammates Adrine Monagi, Jordan Nash and Ashley Denedy taking fourth, fifth and sixth respectively.“Switching coaching styles, from division one to division two, it’s always uncertain how you’re going to fit in,”Norton said. “But, I think I’ve made a good transition.”Norton was the first Belle in history to win the conference high jump title as she had no missed bars and a final height of five feet and seven and three-quarter inches.“I actually didn’t know that until I read it online,” Norton said with a chuckle. “It’s an honor to be the first to win that title for ASU.”Norton has been working hard at high jump.“Going into the championships, we put her in the individual events to give her a chance to score more points,” Coach Reid said.
   Sophomores Kaitlin Lumpkins and Morgan Rodgers scored in the high jump as well, taking home sixth and eighth place for the Belles.
Rodgers placed second in the pentathlon, which gave the Belles another eight points.The distance medley relay team of Kamie Halfmann, Tare’ Ward, Gabriela Solis and Claudia Ramirez finished third behind Eastern New Mexico and Midwestern State.Senior Candida Chairez appeared on the podium for the Belles, with a second place finish in the 5,000 meter run and a third place finish in the 3,000 meter run. “I felt pretty confident going in,” Chairez said. “It gives me a lot of confidence. Now I have a good base going in to the outdoor season.”
   After the stellar performance by the Belles, Coach Reid is looking forward to the upcoming outdoor season.“We’ve been in this situation before,” Reid said. “We’ve come up short at the indoor meet then won the outdoor meet.”Now, Belle track and field look to build on their showing in Colorado as they and the Rams open up their outdoor season with the Trinity Open in San Antonio on Feb. 27.

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