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Moody Leads MBU in Record Day at Liberty

Shari Moody
Shari Moody

Lynchburg, VA – The Mary Baldwin University track team competed Saturday at the Liberty Collegiate Invitational, hosted by Liberty University. Under ideal track conditions and racing against DI and DII programs, the Squirrels finished the day with many personal bests and new team records.

In total, nine MBU track records were rewritten during the meet. Having a hand in five of those records was freshman Shari Moody.  Moody, competing one day shy of her 18th birthday, is a PEG student who was racing against some much older, more experienced athletes. That fact did not damper her determination. She now holds school records in the 100m, 200m, long jump, and as a member of both the 4x100 and 4x400 relays.

Coach Ely was happy to have Shari back in action. “Shari has missed a couple of meets due to other school commitments. It was great having her back out on the track for a full day of competition. She has high expectations for herself and raises the bar for the entire team. I am looking forward to seeing how she closes out the rest of the season.”

Four other records were set on Saturday. Junior Teanna Peavy continued to excel, shattering both of her own records in the 100 hurdles and 400 hurdles. And freshman Stephanie Barbaro set new marks in the 800m and 1500m runs in her first effort at those distances this season.

The team is working hard and continues to make great strides. A number of Squirrels set big PRs (personal records) in the meet. And many of the MBU team remain open to trying new events, setting standards to improve upon.

“This being the first season of outdoor track for MBU, the other coaches and I have been really happy with how the team is performing. They are continually learning and experiencing new events. We are looking to finish the season in a few weeks on a high note.”

The Squirrels have two meets remaining on the schedule: next Saturday at Christopher Newport University, and May 3rd back at Liberty.