Track & Field Complete Martin Luther King Invitational
Kennedy Places Third In Weight Throw
ALBUQUERQUE, NM. – The North Texas track and field teams had plenty of solid performances, including a third-place finish from senior Kevone Kennedy in the weight throw to highlight the Martin Luther King Invitational held on Jan. 19-20.
“It was a great competition for our team,” head coach Carl Sheffield said. “We took our best athletes to compete at the MLK indoor invitational. We came away with some personal all-time bests.
On the final day, in the men’s 60-meter dash prelims, senior Alford Tribble touched in second with a career-best time of 6.93. Freshman Darien Porter also qualified for the semifinals coming in third at 6.94.
In the semifinals, Tribble qualified for the finals finishing fifth with another career-best time of 6.80. Porter came in ninth at 6.90. In the finals, Tribble came in seventh with a time of 6.95.
“The sprinters were led by Alford Tribble’s personal best and I was really impressed with Darien Porter’s performances,” said Sheffield. “The young guns continue to improve.”
Senior Victoria Junious finished fifth in the 800-meter dash with a time of 2:16.66. Sophomore Bailey Ashmore was sixth in pole vault at 3.62 meters (11-10.50 feet).
Graduate student Jaron Thomas finished fifth in the 60-meter hurdles prelims with a time of 8.09. Thomas came in fourth in the finals with a time of 8.21. Thomas’s time of 8.09 was just short of a school record set by Sammy Dabbs (8.00) in 2002.
In the 60-meter dash prelims, three North Texas sprinters qualified for the semifinals as freshman Aneesa Scott came in fifth at 7.68, freshman Taylor Blackshire was sixth at 7.69 and Bria Williams finished eighth with a time of 7.71.
In the semifinals, Blackshire was sixth at 7.66 and Williams was seventh at 7.69. Scott did not run in the semifinals.
Susannah Lynch making her indoor debut, finished fourth in the mile with a time of 4:53.76. Her career-best time of 4:49.73 set at the C-USA indoor Championships last season.
On day one, Kennedy threw a career-best 17.69 meters (58-0.50 feet) to finished third in weight throw. Kennedy achieved his career-best mark on his third attempt and finished behind UCLA’s Justin Stafford (19.31m) and Cal State Northridge’s Daniel Swarbrick (17.95m) on the podium.
Tribble finished eighth in the 200-meter dash with a time of 21.67. Tribble was eighth out of 65-plus competitors in the event.
Senior Dominique Drayden came in ninth in long jump with a jump of 7.12 meters (23-4.50 feet). Drayden was just short of his career-best jump of 7.20 meters.
“We wanted to continue to improve against better competition,” Sheffield said. “I feel that we had a good showing against this level of talent at the meet.”
-Scott finished 17th in the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.78
-Freshman Kiara Pickens came in 23rd in long jump at 5.44 meters (17-10.25 feet)
-Sophomore Jacob Franks finished 14th in pole vault at 4.53 meters (14-10.25 feet)
-Freshman Valencia Bullock was 36th in long jump at 5.27 meters (17-3.50 feet)
-Senior Zach Kirkland was 12th in the mile with a time of 4:26.81
-Freshman Haley Walker finished 19th in weight throw at 14.32 meters (46-11.75 feet) and 15th in shot put at 12.62 meters (41-05 feet)
-Porter came in 33rd in the 200m dash at 22.62
-Sophomore Jacob Kevetter just missed making the finals of the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.24
-Walker was 15th in shot put at 12.62 meters (41-05.0 feet)
-Freshman Lyric Choice just missed making the finals of the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.89
-Sophomore Artesha Richardson was 30th in the 400-meter dash with a time of 59.45
North Texas will venture to the Texas Tech Indoor invitational on Jan. 26-27.