North Texas Track & Field Has Solid Finish At Texas A&M Invite.
Women Finished Fourth; Men Placed Fifth
Senior Eddie Wilcox placed third in the high jump at the Aggie Team Invitational Friday night.
COLLEGE STATION -- The North Texas men's and women's track & field team finished its first meet of the season coming away with two first place finishes at the Aggie Team Invitational Friday night.
The women's team came in fourth out of 14 teams with 47.50 points just behind C-USA member LA Tech with 69 points. The men's team had 52 points finishing fifth out of 14 teams behind TAMU-Kingsville (53.50) and LA Tech (62).
"It was a great start to the indoor season," head coach Carl Sheffield said. "We had lots of personal bests and solid season opening performances. The youngsters really stepped up to competition and we competed well against conference foe LA Tech. I feel we would do much better after shaking the rust off."
In the distance events, Shauna Pali took home first place in the mile event with a personal best time of 5:04.13. Teammate Susie Kemper placed fifth with a time of 5:07.99. Sophomore Christina Moralez touched in sixth at 5:11.00. Three North Texas runners finished in the top-10 in the 800 meters event with freshman Baylee Nelson touching in seventh at 2:18.66. Senior Magdalena Escobar finished ninth at 2:22.85 and sophomore Victoria Junious was 10th at 2:23.16.
Sophomore Mike Lowe finished first in the 3000 meters event with a new personal best time of 8:20.39. Freshman Michael Johnson took home a podium finish (third) in the 800m with a time of 1:55.48.
In the men's 800m, senior Alexander Hita came in 10th with a time of 1:56.63. Senior Laura Cortez finished in fifth in 3000m with a personal best time of 10:39.53.
Junior Collin Herd came in seventh in the men's 60 meter dash final with a time of 7.00. In the women's 200m, senior Nadiyah El-Amin finished seventh with a time of 25.12. Freshman Tiffany Tshilumba came in 13th with a time of 25.41.
In the 4x400m relay, North Texas took fourth as the team of Elizabeth Osondu, Tshilumba, Kennedy Knight and El-Amin came in with a time of 3:54.43. In the distance medley, the Mean Green came in second as Kylee Kittrell, Rhenique Williams, Brittany White and Catalina Uriarte came in at 12:35.31.
In the men's relays, NT finished third in the 4x400 relay as Connor Bey, Jamison Justice, James Cole and Collin Heard came in at 3:17.44. North Texas also came in third in the distance medley as Hita, Scallion, Michael Johnson and Zach Kirkland clocked in at 10:19.02.
In the field events, senior Eddie Wilcox came in third place in the men's high jump with a best jump of 2.11 meters. Senior Mona Landry picked up a top-10 finish in the long jump with an eighth place finish at 5.48 meters. Landry also placed seventh in the 60 meter dash final with a time of 7.90.
Senior Riley Donovan took sixth in the weight throw (15.31m) and sophomore Kevone Kennedy came in seventh (15.20m). Senior Victoria Clark was 14th in the shot put with a throw of 12.41 meters. Clark was 12th in the weight throw at 14.81 meters. Senior Ngozi Nweke took fifth in the weight throw at 15.45m.
Junior Jazmine Martin finished 10th in the triple jump at 11.78 meters. Sophomore Tevaun Scallion came in 11th in the 60 meter hurdles preliminaries with a time of 8.39. Classmate Elizabeth Osondu finished 18th in the 400 meter race with a time of 59.45. In the men's 400 meter event, senior Connor Bey came in ninth at 49.45 and junior Jamison Justice finished 11th with a time of 49.53.
-Mean Green came away with six top-3 finishes (Johnson, Wilcox, Pali, Lowe, men & women distance medley relay team and two victories (women's mile, men's 3000m)
-Freshman Norman Johnson made his debut with a 21st place finish in the men's long jump (6.30m)
-Freshman Nicole Auker made his debut with a 12th place finish in the women's high jump (1.58m)
-Freshman Kyle Maloney made his track debut with a 11th place finish in the mile (4:23.21)
North Texas will take part in the Kansas State Indoor Invitational in Manhattan, Kansas on Jan. 22-23.