Women's track and field wins SLIAC championship

Women's track and field wins SLIAC championship

GREENVILLE, Ill. -- It came down to the final event of the day, but the women's track and field team edged Webster for the 2017 SLIAC title. Greenville won the championship with 238 team points, slipping past Webster (208) and third-place Westminster College.

After eight hours the inaugural SLIAC Women's Track and Field title would come down to the day's final event, the women's hammer throw. Greenville took the top three spots in the hammer throw, accumulating 24 total points and pulling away from the Gorloks. Marideth Tate, Jessie Chappel, and Ellen Neese helped the Panthers secure the title by placing first-second-third on the throw.

The Panthers won nine events, including the hammer throw.

In addition to her second-place finish in the hammer throw, Jessie Chappel took the discus title with a throw of 34.84 meters.

Monica Niebrugge added a first-place finish in the triple jump while Rachel Hanna took first in the pole vault and Sierah Ruffner took the title in the high jump.

Greenville's Chelsea Gilles also took all three short distance races, sweeping the 100 meter, 200-meter, and 400-meter dash.

The Panthers also notched a win in the 4x100 relay, narrowly besting Webster by just over a half-second.

Following the conclusion of all events, SLIAC coaches recognized performers with conference individual awards. The 2017 SLIAC Women's Co-Athlete of the Year in Track was Shannon McCaul (Westminster) and Chelsea Gilles (Greenville) while the Field Athlete of the Year was Jessica Chappel (Greenville).