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)

Total

1. Mount Olive (9)

90

2. Southern Wesleyan (1) 

80

3. Limestone

75

4. North Greenville

64

5. Converse

56

6. Barton

49

t7. King

34

t7. Lees-McRae

34

9. Belmont Abbey

32

10. Emmanuel

26

 
 

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.