Track & Field Earns Multiple Podium Finishes At Texas A&M Invitational
Mean Green Finished With Three First Place Titles
COLLEGE STATION – The North Texas track and field teams completed its first indoor meet of the season earning multiple top-three finishes Friday at the Ted Nelson Invitational hosted by Texas A&M.
“They were some good first performances,” head coach Carl Sheffield said. “Aneesa Scott ran in her first-ever indoor meet after deciding to pursue track full time in college. Baylee Nelson is beginning to turn things around under new distance coach Kevin Williams.”
The women’s team finished fifth with 65.5 points and the men’s team was seventh with 38 points.
In the men’s 3000-meter run, North Texas swept the competition as senior Mike Lowe took first place (8:29.54), freshman Jack Beaumont was second (8:31.15) and sophomore Florian Lussy came in third (8:36.45).
Junior Baylee Nelson ran a career-best time of 5:10.36 in the mile run and finished first in front of 25 competitors.
Senior Victoria Junious placed third in the women’s 800m run with a time of 2:17.03. Sophomore Darrian Johnson came in ninth (2:22.56) and freshman Monica Carroll was 10th at 2:23.04.
Senior Christina Moralez finished second in the women’s 3000-meter run with a time of 10:12.99. Sophomore Tori Valka was 12th at 11:22.35.
Freshman Aneesa Scott qualified for the 60-meter dash final coming in sixth with a time of 7.68 and junior Bria Williams qualified in seventh at 7.70. In the finals, Scott finished third with a time of 7.62 and Williams was sixth at 7.63.
Scott just missed another podium finish in the women’s 200-meter dash coming in fifth place with a time of 24.78. Sophomore Artesha Richardson was 15th with a time of 25.66.
Senior Alford Tribble placed 10th in the 200-meter dash with a time of 21.97. Freshman Abdon Campbell was 20th at 22.59 in his Mean Green debut.
Senior Zach Kirkland came in seventh in the men’s mile with a time of 4:20.86. Senior Rick Nally was 11th at 4:26.38.
In pole vault, sophomore Bailey Ashmore finished third with a career-best vault of 3.72 meters (12-2.50 feet). Senior Kristen Adair placed eighth with a vault of 3.27 meters (10-8.75 feet).
North Texas finished first in the women’s 4000-meter distance medley relay as Richardson, Williams, Lyric Choice and Jayda Dixon clocked in at 12:38.07.
In the men’s DMR, Tim Jones, Kirkland, Thomas and Nally came in third with a time of 10:28.05.
“We have to get back to consistent training,” Sheffield said. “The weather causes us to modify what we need to be doing at this time of the year. We will continue to get healthy and work towards improving with each week’s competition.”
-Freshman Dayton Johnson finished 19th in the men’s 60-meter dash prelims at 7.12
-Freshman Lyric Choice came in 15th in the women’s 60m hurdles prelims at 9.03
-Graduate student Jaron Thomas just missed qualifying for the 60m hurdles final with a time of 8.36, coming in ninth
-Freshman Olivia Zint finished ninth in the mile at 5:30.32
-Freshman Amber Walker came in 11th in the women’s high jump at 1.62 meters (5-3.75 feet)
-Sophomore Jacob Franks finished seventh in pole vault at 4.57 meters (15-0 feet)
-Sophomore Howard Grant finished 12th in long jump at 6.78 meters (22-3 feet)
-Senior Kevone Kennedy was 10th in weight throw at 16.08 meters (52-9.25 feet)
-Freshman Jaleisa Shaffer came in eighth in shot put at 12.50 meters (41-.25 feet)
-Freshman Haley Walker finished ninth in shot put at 12.49 meters (40-11.75 feet)
-Freshman Valencia Bullock was sixth in triple jump at 11.87 meters (38-11.50 feet)
-Senior Dominique Drayden finished seventh in triple jump at 14.71 meters (48-3.25 feet)
North Texas will take part in the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. collegiate invitational hosted by New Mexico on Jan. 19-20 at the Albuquerque Convention Center.