North Texas Track & Field Sets Two Records At Herm Wilson Invite.
Men’s Team Finishes Second, Women Third
Senior Troy Taylor took second in the men's mile in his first indoor event of the season.
Herm Wilson Invite. Results
WICHITA, Kan. – The North Texas track and field team had a bunch of solid performances at the Herm Wilson Invitational Feb.12-13 hosted by Wichita State University.
“It was a great meet,” head coach Carl Sheffield said. “It was great timing to bring our confidence high just weeks away from the conference championships. As a staff, we felt like we needed to be able to score 120 points as a team to be competitive. That score gives us a viable opportunity to compete for the team championships. Our men’s team has shown tremendous depth while the women are improving steadily.”
The men’s team finished in second place out of five teams with 169 points. The women’s squad came in third out of five teams with 140 points.
In the men’s mile, it was a clean sweep for North Texas as senior Bryce McAndrew won the title at a new facility and meet record time of 4:07.11. Classmate Troy Taylor took second at 4:15.90 in his first event of the season and sophomore Zach Kirkland was third at 4:16.29.
In the women’s triple jump, junior Jazmine Martin jumped a new facility and meet record of 12.55 meters (41”2.25).
On day one, senior Eddie Wilcox took home first place for the second straight meet in the men’s high jump clearing a new personal best of 2.13 meters (6”11.75). Junior Dominique Drayden earned a second place finish in the men’s triple jump at 14.66m, competing in the triple jump for the first time this season.
In the men’s weight throw, both throwers achieved personal bests as senior Riley Donovan was fourth at 17.37 meters and sophomore Kevone Kennedy was fifth with a throw of 16.04m.
In the women’s pole vault, freshman Blake Skoog finished tied for sixth clearing 3.16 meters and sophomore Kristen Adair was eighth with a new personal best of 3.16m. In the weight throw, senior Ngozi Nweke came in third with a throw of 16.25m and classmate Tori Clark was fourth at 15.78 meters. In the women’s long jump, senior Mona Landry finished ninth with a jump of 5.44 meters.
On the second day of competition, Clark finished in fourth place in the women’s shot put with a throw of 13.29 meters. In the men’s long jump, Drayden came in first place with a personal best jump of 7.20m and sophomore Lafiel Smith finished sixth with a season-high jump of 6.72 meters.
In the men’s 60 meter hurdles, freshman Jared Bailey-Sampson turned in a season low time of 8.45 seconds in the preliminaries. Sophomore Tevaun Scallion finished sixth in the finals of the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.40 seconds.
In the 60 meter dash, senior Nadiyah El-Amin ran a personal best time of 7.59 seconds for a second place finish. Landry came in sixth in the 60m with a season high time of 7.73 seconds. On the men’s side, freshman Justin Joe continues to impress taking second in the 60 meter dash at 6.81, tying his season best time.
El-Amin took home second in the women’s 200 meter dash with a season best time of 25:06. In the men’s 200m, North Texas finished first, second and fourth. Junior Collin Heard won the title at a season best time of 21.56. Senior Connor Bey was second at a season best time of 22.10 and Kedron Sowells was fourth coming in at 22.26.
In the distance events, sophomore Christina Moralez took third in the women’s mile with a personal best time of 5:00.92. Senior Susie Kemper was fourth with a season best time of 5:02.41.
Freshman Baylee Nelson took second in the women’s 800 meters with a personal best time of 2:15.97. Newcomer Susannah Lynch took fourth with a time of 2:16.53. In the men’s 800m, McAndrew took home his second title of the day with a time of 1:54.70. Senior Alexander Hita finished third with a season best time of 1:55.48.
Senior Shauna Pali came in third in the women’s 3000 meters with a time of 10:05.83. On the men’s side, freshman Alex Cleveland came in fifth with a time of 8:37.94. Junior Grady Frazier touched in sixth with a time of 8:38.11.
North Texas finished the meet with a second place finish in the men’s 4x400 meter relay as the team of Bey, Jamison Justice, James Cole and Chukwuma Ekweani came in 3:19.57.
-Senior Dominique Drayden took home first place in the long jump and second in the men’s triple jump (first time competing in the event this year)
-Mean Green finished 1-2-4 in the men’s 200 meter dash – Heard, Bey, Sowells
-North Texas went 1-2-3 in the men’s mile – McAndrew first, Taylor second, Kirkland third
-Sophomore Christina Moralez ran a personal best time of 5:00.92 in the mile
-Senior Eddie Wilcox won the men’s high jump for the second time this season (personal best 2.13m)
-North Texas had eight second place finishes and six titles
-McAndrew won his second event of the day in the men’s 800 meters
North Texas will return to action at the Alex Wilson Invitational on Feb. 19-20 in South Bend, In.