EUGENE, Ore. – Freshmen Karly Hibbard and Paige Stoner competed in the USA Outdoor Track and Field Junior Nationals over the weekend at the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field.
Coming off appearances in the NCAA East Region Preliminaries in their first-ever outdoor season with Lipscomb, Stoner and Hibbard fared well at the Junior Nationals.
Stoner entered the competition in two events, finishing in the top five in both.
After staying with the lead pack for the majority of the race, Stoner finished fourth in the women’s 3000m with a time of 9:54.70. Her time was less than 20 seconds behind the winner, Jill Whitman of Indiana, who posted a time of 9:36.02.
In the 5000m, her second event of the weekend, Stoner finished fifth with a time of 17:27.73 giving her two top five finishes for the meet.
Hibbard, the defending A-Sun champion in the javelin throw, made her best throw on her second attempt of the competition. The 40.68m mark was good enough for 13th in the event.
Both Hibbard and Stoner will head into the offseason having gained valuable experience from their participation in several postseason meets.