North Texas Breaks School Record At Houston Indoors
Team Combined Two Titles and 11 Top-10 Finishes
Senior Ngozi Nweke broke a seven-year school record in the women's weight throw at the Houston Indoors this weekend.
HOUSTON -- The North Texas track and field team completed its third indoor meet of the season Saturday at the Houston Indoor Invitational.
During the first day on Friday, senior Ngozi Nweke stole the show breaking a seven-year school record in the indoor women’s weight throw held by Deja McKnight (17.27m) in 2015. Nweke on her final throw landed 58-01.00 (17.70m) to stamp her name in the North Texas record books taking second place in the event.
“This was great competition for our team,” head coach Carl Sheffield said. “We had a lot of high enery performances this week. We hope to continue to improve with three weeks until the conference championship.”
Two North Texas sprinters qualified for the 60 meter dash semifinals after senior Kedron Sowells and freshman Justin Joe finished in the top 24. Joe came in seventh with a time of 6.88 during the preliminaries and Sowells was 24th at 7.01. Sophomore Dominique Drayden was 41st with a time of 7.11. Freshman James Cole finished 59th at 7.21. Drayden also competed in the long jump taking 6th place with a jump of 22-9.25 (6.94m).
In the women’s 60 meter dash, four Mean Green sprinters qualified for the semifinals as senior Nadiyah El-Amin leading the way with a 8th place finish at 7.69 in the preliminaries. Freshmen Bria Williams (7.83) and Kennedy Knight (7.92) both qualified in 12th and 13th place. Lastly, sophomore Siara Obasuyi qualified with a time of 7.76. Freshman Tiffany Tshilumba just missed out with a time of 7.85.
In the 200 meter dash “B” section, Sowells took home first place with a time of 22.47. Freshman Chukwuma Ekweani finished 23rd in the 400m coming in at 52.04. Senior Riley Donovan finished 3rd in the men’s weight throw at 54-11.50 (16.75m).
In the women’s 60 meter hurdles, sophomore Chelsea Crayton qualified for the semi-finals with a season-high time of 8.94.
In the women’s 200 meter dash “B” section, sophomore Katyiah Carter finished 11th at 25.69. Senior Rhenique Williams came in 18th with a time of 25.88. Freshman Bria Williams was 25th at 26.25. In the 400 meter dash, sophomore Elizabeth Osondu finished 13th at 59.98. Classmate Aleyh Christopher was 30th with a time of 1:02.60.
Sophomore Tevaun Scallion qualified for the 60 meter hurdles semifinal with a time of 8.44. Freshman Jared Bailey-Sampson just missed out of making the finals with a new season high time of 8.47 in 27th place.
On day two, Crayton finished 14th in the women’s 60m hurdles semi-finals with a time of 8.95. In the men’s 60m hurdles, Scallion came in 20th place with a time of 8.46. Osondu finished 25th in the women’s 400 meter dash “A” section with a time of 59.98. Ekweani came in 34th in the men’s 400 meter dash with a time of 52.04.
Senior Victoria Clark finished 12th in the women’s shot put throwing 43-4.50 (13.22m). Senior Eddie Wilcox won the high jump title by jumping over 6-10.75 feet (2.10m). Freshman Jourden Taylor was 16th at 1.90 meters.
Senior Derek Richard finished ninth in the men’s pole vault clearing 15-7.00 (4.75m).
In the 60 meter dash semifinals, El-Amin came up short of qualifying for the finals at 7.72 coming in 11th place. Joe qualified for the men’s 60 meter dash final with a time of 6.87. In the finals, Joe finished fifth in the 60 meter dash with a new personal best time of 6.81.
North Texas finished with three runners in the top-10 in the 200 meters lead by senior Connor Bey coming in fifth at 22.46. Sowells came in 6th place with a time of 22.47 and Jamison Justice was ninth at 22.51.
In the distance events, senior Kylee Kittrell finished 17th in the women’s mile at 5:17.10. Freshman Baylee Nelson was 19th with a personal best time of 5:20.46 and classmate Cassidy Adams came in 25th at 5:25.41.
Nelson also competed in the 800 meters taking eighth with a time of 2:21.24. Victoria Junious finished 16th at 2:22.85, a new season-high time.
Sophomore Christina Moralez competing in her first 3000m finished 8th with a time of 10:09.18 to lead the Mean Green. Junior Shauna Pali was 11th at 10:13.42 and senior Susie Kemper came in 14th at 10:23.10.
Freshman Michael Johnson continues to have a solid start to the indoor season with a 10th place finish at a personal best time of 4:20.81 in the men’s mile. Classmate Kyle Maloney was 14th coming in at 4:23.03 and Alex Cleveland was 15th with a personal best time of 4:23.32 in his debut for North Texas.
In the men’s 800 meter run, senior Alexander Hita finished fifth overall and second among collegiate runners at 1:55.96.
Three Mean Green runners finished in the top-10 in the men’s 3000m with senior Bryce McAndrew taking the silver at 8:29.67. Junior James Coleman finished third (8:32.60) and senior Silvester Harrison III made his indoor debut coming in ninth at 8:41.99.
In the women’s 4x400 meter relay, North Texas finished in third place just behind Houston and Sam Houston State. The team of Jazmine Martin, Kennedy Knight, Tiffany Tshilumba and El-Amin clocked in at a season-best 3:53.25.
-Senior Ngozi Nweke took second in the women’s weight throw and broke the indoor school record
-Senior Eddie Wilcox won the men’s high jump at 6-10.75 (2.10m)
-North Texas had 11 top-10 finishes, two second place finishes and two titles
-Freshman Jared Bailey-Sampson ran a personal best time of 8.47 in the 60m hurdles
-Alex Cleveland placed 15th in the men’s mile in his debut with a PR time of 4:23.32
-Freshman Justin Joe finished fifth (PR time of 6.81) among 80 student-athletes competing in the 60 meter dash
North Texas will return to action in two weeks at the Herm Wilson Invitational hosted by Wichita State.