WHITEWATER, Wis.—Eva Laun-Smith climbed into the top 10 nationally in a pair of events to lead Beloit College in the Warhawk Classic hosted by UW-Whitewater on Saturday.
Like the Squig Converse Invitational for the men that was held Friday, the Warhawk Classic is a premier indoor meet featuring three of the top 15 teams in the nation and six of the top eight teams in the Midwest Region.
Laun-Smith captured two runner-up finishes Saturday, narrowly missing a school record.
Qualifying third in the 60-meter hurdles, she shaved four one-hundredths off her prelim time to finish in 9.03, the seventh-fastest time in the nation so far this season. She was bested only by a UW-La Crosse hurdler who registered the fastest time in the nation this season at the meet.
Laun-Smith added a second place in the triple jump with a leap of 11.51 meters (37-9.25), which ranks eighth in the nation. Teammate Lena Ramsey was fifth in the event with a jump of 11.20 (36-9), a top 20 mark in Division III this season.
The Buccaneers’ relay team featuring Aminah Crawford, Ramsey, Lan-Smith and Toni Bonds, was fifth in the 4x200 in 1:52.92.
UW-La Crosse won the meet with 167 points, followed by the University of Chicago with 147.5. Beloit as ninth in the 10-team meet with 25. Host UW-Whitewater was eighth with 30.5.