The Hogs have the newest national champs. The Women’s Track and Field Team had been the top ranked team in the nation all indoor season and it culminated with their second indoor title. They had previously won in 2015, and had runner up finishes in 2016 and 2018. The Hogs finished with 62 points and cleared past second place USC who had 51 in the team event.
The Hogs started the scoring with a 5th place finish in the DMR race and trailed New Mexico by 13 points. They had a strong day with plenty of athletes qualifying for Saturday’s finals.
Carina Viljoen finished in 5th in the 1 Mile run, giving the Hogs another four points. then in the 60M Hurdles, Peyton Chadwick (3rd) and Janeek Brown (5th) both scored points, and held off multiple USC runners from scoring more. The Trojans then scored big winning the next two events, but Chadwick got third in the 200M to put the Hogs back on track.
Taylor Werner’s second place finish in the 3000 meters was a huge eight points, narrowly missing out on an individual title. Then the 4x400 meter to close out the meet secured a win with a third place finish there.
The event that the Hogs dominated and ultimately got them the points needed for the National Title was in the pole vault. The Hogs have dominated that event for years and this year was no different. Alexis Jacobus won the individual title with a jump of 15 feet and 1 1⁄2 inches. Victoria Hoggard and Desiree Freier came in third and fourth with jumps of 14 feet and 7 1⁄2 inches.