2018-19 Conference Carolinas Women's Indoor Track & Field Preview and Athletes to Watch

HIGH POINT, N.C. – The 2018-19 Conference Carolinas Women's Indoor Track & Field preseason poll has been released. University of Mount Olive will enter the season as the favorite to win the Conference Carolinas Women's Indoor Track & Field Championship, according to Conference Carolinas coaches.

1. University of Mount Olive: The Trojans nabbed nine first-place votes and a total of 90 points to be named the favorite in 2018-19 by Conference coaches.

Mount Olive will be looking to keep its Conference Carolinas Women's Indoor Track & Field Championship streak alive this season. The Trojans captured their fifth-straight title in 2017-18 after tallying 236 points at the championship meet.

Athletes to Watch:

  • *Malak Kafi (Jr.) - Hurdles/Jumps
  • *Candise Lockett (So.) - Throws
  • *Sydney McCoy (Jr.) - Sprints


2. Southern Wesleyan University: The Warriors rank second in the poll with 80 points and one first-place vote from coaches. SWU finished second in last year's championship with 116 points.

Athletes to Watch:

  • Chyna Campbell (So.) - Hurdles
  • *Skylar Julian (Sr.) - Hurdles
  • *Jami Lewis (Jr.) - Sprints


3. Limestone College: The Saints collected 75 points to enter the year ranked third. Limestone posted a third-place finish at last season's indoor championship with 93.5 points.

Athletes to Watch:

  • *Zawadi Brown (Jr.) - Sprints
  • *Ly'Ric Bolden (So.) - Sprints
  • Skyler Gadsden (So.) - Throws


4. North Greenville University: The Crusaders are preseason ranked fourth after racking up 64 points. NGU turned in a fourth-place finish at the indoor championship last year with 47.5 points.

Athletes to Watch:

  • *Millie Klefsas (So.) - Pole Vault
  • Hope Whisman (Jr.) - Distance
  • *Shekinah Wilder (Sr.) - Jumps/Sprints


5. Converse College: The Valkyries received 56 points from Conference coaches to rank fifth in the poll. Converse posted 35 points and finished fifth at last year's conference championship.

Athletes to Watch:

  • Breyanna Brown (So.)
  • Serenity Hunt (So.)
  • Shakura Wesley (Jr.)


6.  Barton College: The Bulldogs tallied 49 points and are in sixth-place to open 2018-19. Barton finished in sixth-place with 31 points at last year's Conference Carolinas indoor championship.

Athletes to Watch:

  • *Janae Cunningham (Jr.) - Throws
  • *Jasmine Watson (So.) - Hurdles


t7. King University: The Tornado was tied for seventh after collecting 34 points from Conference coaches. King notched a ninth-place finish in 2017-18 at the indoor championship with 17 points.

Athletes to Watch:

  • Kirstin Barton (Jr.) - Distance
  • Whitney Christian (Fr.) - Sprints/Hurdles/Jumps
  • Larynn Clopton (Fr.) - Jumps


t7. Lees-McRae College: The Bobcats received 34 points and enter the season tied for seventh. Lees-McRae tied for seventh in last year's Conference Championship with 19 points.

Athletes to Watch:

  • Brittney Augustin (Fr.) - Sprints/Hurdles
  • Natalie Donahue (Fr.) - Pole Vault
  • Jordyn Halverson (Sr.) - Distance


9. Belmont Abbey College: The Crusaders garnered 32 points from Conference coaches to enter the season ranked ninth. Belmont Abbey also finished tied in seventh with 19 points at the 2017-18 championship.

Athletes to Watch:

  • *Annie Hetzel (Jr.) - Distance
  • *Maya McQune (Jr.) - Sprints
  • *Julia Otranto (Sr.) - Distance


10. Emmanuel College: The Lions make their preseason poll debut by collecting 26 points from Conference coaches to enter the season ranked 10th.

Athletes to Watch:

  • Kristin Stephens (Fr.)
  • Alisha Wright (Jr.) - Sprints/Hurdles

*denotes 2017-18 All-Conference Carolinas selection


2018-19 Women's Indoor Track & Field Preseason Poll

School (first-place votes)


1. Mount Olive (9)


2. Southern Wesleyan (1) 


3. Limestone


4. North Greenville


5. Converse


6. Barton


t7. King


t7. Lees-McRae


9. Belmont Abbey


10. Emmanuel



Conference Carolinas is a NCAA Division II athletics conference made up of 11 teams from Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. These institutions consist of: Barton College, Belmont Abbey College, Converse College, Emmanuel College, Erskine College, King University, Lees-McRae College, Limestone College, University of Mount Olive, North Greenville University, and Southern Wesleyan University.