What Elizabeth Krug carried the Hendrix women’s track team on her shoulders, arms, legs and feet Saturday.
Hendrix football player Jared Lincoln carried her off the track in triumph.
Krug had plenty of help.
Several of her Hendrix temmates came up big in helping the Hendrix women to their best finishes ever at a conference track.
Krug won the javelin and the 400 hurdles and finished second in the 200 and 400 meters in a seven-event day Saturday on the final day of the Southern Athletic Association Track and Field Championships at Young-Wise Memorial Stadium. Her time of 1:05.75 in the 400 hurdles tied the school record set by Allison Mosley in 2010.
Her anchor leg on the 4x400 relay secured third-place for the Warriors. That completed nine events in two days for the defending NCAA Division III heptathlon champion.
"Nine events in two days and placing in every one? Just incredible," said Hendrix coach Patrick MacDonald. "There are very few people on the planet who could do that."
"I wanted to get us on the podium; we haven’t finished third in a track meet in forever," Krug said.
The Hendrix women, with 93 points, were five points ahead of Birmingham-Southern for third place. Rhodes easily won the meet with 223 points.
On the climactic 4x400 relay, the Rhodes men edged Centre by 2 feet at the finish line to put an exciting exclamation point to the meet. The teams were dead even going into the final relay. Rhodes won the men’s title, 204-202.
Hendrix freshman Sarah Stockdale finished second in the javelin to give the Warriors a surprise 1-2 finish in the event.
"She’s only been throwing the javelin three months and she comes out in the conference meet and does this," said Hendrix track coach Patrick MacDonald. "When we began the outdoor season, we saw some things that made us think she could be pretty good in the event."
Lincoln, a freshman offensive lineman for the Warrior football team, won the the discus.
"Football helps me with the discus because there is a lot of footwork in the offensive line," said Lincoln, from Atlanta, Texas, who has been throwing the discus since the seventh grade. "If you ask me what I like best, football or track, it’s hard to choose."
The Warriors’ Victoria Amandi won the women triple jump and Cameron Meek provided the men a surprise fourth-place finish in the 1500. Amandi, who began the third leg of the 4x400 relay in sixth place, ran down two runners before giving the baton to Krug, who surged past a Birmingham-Southern runner down the stretch to clinch third place for the Warriors.
"We’ve been cautious with her because of an injury situation," said MacDonald. "But she came out of nowhere."
After Berry thrust the Hendrix softball team into the losers bracket Friday night, the Warriors rallied for a 3-0 victory over Centre on Saturday, then lost, 4-0, to Birmingham-Southern at Warrior Field.
Hendrix finished the season at 17-22.
Ariel McDonald tossed a shutout against Centre. Kayla Patton had two hits and an RBI and Shelby Anderson had a hit and an RBI. Michaela Larabee scored two runs.
Taylor Hankins tossed the shutout for Birmingham-Southern (26-17). Hendrix had eight hits, two each by Patton and Amanda Riley.
Hope Reasor was the losing pitcher for the Warriors.
Birmingham-Southern scored a run in the bottom of the ninth to turn back Hendrix, 3-2, in the East half of the baseball tournament at Birmingham.
The Warriors played a late game Saturday night in the double-elimination tournament.
At Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Rhodes College took a 7-2 victory over the Hendrix women.
Madison Schallhorn took a singles victory and teamed with Kaci Dickey for a doubles win.