North Texas Track & Field Performs Well At Kansas State

Jan. 23, 2016

Junior Collin Heard took home his first indoor title in the men's 200 meters. 

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MANHATTAN, Kan. - The North Texas track and field teams had a bunch of strong performances Saturday at the Kansas State indoor invitational.

"I was really pleased with our performances today," head coach Carl Sheffield said. "Our women throwers came through with big improvements. Ngozi Nweke improves her personal best. Nadiyah El-Amin is showing early season fitness. The youngsters are showing a lot of growth and a big first indoor meet for Justin Joe. We are going to need everyone to step up in order to compete for the C-USA championship."

North Texas dominated the 200 meter event placing six runners in the top-11 on the men's side, including junior Collin Heard who took home first place with a time of 21.87. Senior Connor Bey finished third at 22.32 and Jamison Justice was fourth coming in at 22.38.

In the field events, senior Eddie Wilcox took second among collegiate participates in the high jump at 2.10 meters (6'feet 10.75 inches). Freshman Nicole Auker placed fourth in the high jump at 1.58m.

Freshman Blake Skoog finished third in the women's pole vault at 3.05 meters and sophomore teammate Kristen Adair was sixth at 2.75m. In the long jump, Siara Obasuyi came in fifth with a jump of 5.02 meters defeating two jumpers from Oklahoma State.

In the women's triple jump, sophomore Chelsea Classo placed second with a jump of 11.78m and junior Jazmine Martin was third at 11.78 meters.

In the men's weight throw, senior Riley Donovan took fourth after throwing a personal best of 17.20 meters. Sophomore Kevone Kennedy placed fifth with a personal best throw of 15.63m. In the women's weight throw, senior Ngozi Nweke came in second place with a personal best throw of 16.89 meters. Classmate Tori Clark placed fourth with a personal best throw of 16.00m. Clark also earned a fourth place finish in the women's shot put with a throw of 13.43 meters.

Sophomore Gabriel McAdams placed second among collegiate athletes in the pole vault finishing at 4.60m. In the men's long jump, Dominique Drayden finished sixth at 6.97 meters in his first event at North Texas.

In the distance events, three North Texas runners placed in the top-10 with senior Magdalena Escobar coming in third in the women's mile at 5:07.91. Classmate Laura Cortez was ninth with a time of 5:21.61 and Kathrn Pennel touched in 10th with a time of 5:28.44.

Sophomore Christina Moralez came in fourth in the 800 meters with a time of 2:18.23. Senior Kylee Kittrell was sixth in the 800m with a time of 2:19.92. Junior Shauna Pali finished third in the 1000m with a time of 2:58.99. Senior Susie Kemper touched in fifth in the 1000m at 3:01.84.

In the men's 1000 meters, freshman Michael Johnson finished fourth with a time of 2:31.20. Zach Kirkland came in sixth in the 1000m (2:31.97) and Alexander Hita was seventh at 2:33.17.

Senior Bryce McAndrew finished second in the men's mile with a time of 4:12.72. Sophomore Mike Lowe came in sixth at 4:18.72. Junior Grady Frazier came in 12th with a time of 4:29.42. Freshman Kyle Maloney finished 10th in the men's 800 meters with a time of 2:01.74.

Sophomore Chelsea Crayton was fifth in the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 9.02. Classmate Tevaun Scallion placed third in the men's 60m hurdlers with a time of 8.51.

Senior Nadiyah El-Amin was second in the women's 60 meter dash with a time of 7.62 finishing one second short of first place. El-Amin also came in second in the 200 meters clocking in at 25:08.

Obasuyi came in fifth at 7.75 and Katyiah Carter was sixth with a time of 7.79. Freshman Tiffany Tshilumba placed ninth with a time of 7.82.

In the men's 60 meter dash, freshman Justin Joe made his debut with a second place finish coming in at 6.85. Senior Connor Bey finished second in the men's 400 meters with a time of 50.48. Freshman Chukwuma Ekweani made his North Texas debut with a sixth place finish in the 400m at 52.66.

Quick Hits
-Mean Green had all four throwers in the weigh throw set personal bests (Donovan, Kennedy, Clark, Nweke)
-Junior Collin Herd won his first ever indoor 200 meter event
-North Texas had 24 top-5 finishes, eight second place finishes and one win (Herd in the 200 meters)
-Dominique Drayden made his debut for the Mean Green in the long jump and 60 meter dash

What's Next
North Texas will take part in the Houston Indoor Invitational in Houston on Jan. 29-30.



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