Araldi breaks Barton steeplechase record during women’s outdoor track opener

Sophomore Meghan Araldi, shown here during this year's indoor track season, began the outdoor campaign by setting a school record in the 3000-meter steeplechase this weekend at the 49er Classic in Charlotte, N.C. | Photo by Benny Benton
Sophomore Meghan Araldi, shown here during this year's indoor track season, began the outdoor campaign by setting a school record in the 3000-meter steeplechase this weekend at the 49er Classic in Charlotte, N.C. | Photo by Benny Benton

by Benny Benton

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Barton College sophomore Meghan Araldi broke the school record in the women's 3000-meter steeplechase this weekend during the outdoor track season opener hosted by UNC Charlotte.

Competing in the 49er Classic, the Albany, N.Y., resident completed the course in a time of 12:55.02, nearly a minute faster than her previous best of 13:44.73 in the event.

The mark bumped one of the program's oldest records off the books. The previous standard in the event, 13:24.37, was posted by Andrea Roca, now Barton's compliance coordinator, during the 2014 Conference Carolinas Championships.

Araldi's performance came during very limited participation by the Lady Bulldogs in the meet. Among other notable results, freshman Jasmine Watson added a collegiate personal record in the 200-meter dash with a time of 26.79 seconds, and finished in the top half of an NCAA Division I dominated 100-meter hurdles field with a mark of 15.3 seconds.

The Lady Bulldogs will return to action next weekend in the Trojan Challenge, hosted by University of Mount Olive.