Track & Field Sits Fourth At C-USA Indoor Championships
Mean Green With Three Podium Finishes On Day One
BIRMINGHAM, AL – The North Texas track & field team completed day one at the 2017 Conference USA indoor championships Saturday night at CrossPlex indoor track. The women’s team is in fourth and the men’s team is seventh after day one.
On Friday night, freshman Breanna Eckels finished first in the long jump with a career-best jump of 5.95 meters (19-6.25 feet). Eckels achieved the first place jump on her final attempt to bring home gold.
“I’m excited for Breanna Eckel’s performance in the long jump,” head coach Carl Sheffield said. “We knew she had potential to do something great. She will be a star in the making.”
Freshman CJ Gilmore exploded in the first event with a second place finish in the high jump at 2.04 meters (6-8.25 feet). Junior Gabriel McAdams finished second in the pole vault with a career-best mark of 5.02 meters (16-5.50 feet).
“Freshman high jumper CJ Gilmore is a baller,” Sheffield said. He will continue to improve with more confidence at this level. “Gabriel McAdams has had a fantastic year in the pole vault. Our jumpers continue to keep us competitive in the team hunt.”
Sophomore Susannah Lynch qualified for the finals in the women’s mile in second place with a season-high time of 4:54.09. Classmate Kellee McCann just missed making the finals in 11th place with a season-best time of 5:01.99.
In the 5000-meter run, junior Christina Moralez placed fifth and ran a personal-best time of 17:18.49. Classmate Tevaun Scallion qualified for the finals in the 60-meter hurdles after a personal best time of 8.17.
“It was a tough qualifying round for the distance runners and sprinters,” Sheffield said. “Tevaun Scallion qualified for his first C-USA finals in the 60m hurdles, improving his personal best time. “We thought the men would be in a better position after the first day but I felt we competed strongly.”
In the women’s Distance Medley relay, North Texas came in fifth as sophomore Baylee Nelson, senior Jazmine Martin, junior Victoria Junious, and McCann clocked in at 12:00.92.
In the final event of the day one, the men’s DMR team (junior Zach Kirkland, junior Lafiel Smith, freshman Tim Jones, junior Rick Nally) finished sixth with a time of 10:14.95.
“The women had a fantastic start to the championship meet,” Sheffield said. “We have already scored as many points as we did last year, so we are really excited tonight.”
- 3 podium finishes (top three)
-Junior Kevone Kennedy finished eighth in the weight throw with a career-high throw of 17.66 meters
-Sophomore Kyle Maloney ran a personal-best time of 4:20.93 in the men’s mile to finish 11th
-Junior Chelsea Crayton finished 10th in the 60-meter hurdles preliminaries with a season-best time of 8.91
-Freshman Artesha Richardson ran a season-best time of 56.06 in the 400-meter dash to finish 10th
-Junious finished 10th in the 800-meter run with a season-best time of 2:15.57
-Kirkland finished ninth in the 800-meter run with a season-best time of 1:55.63
North Texas returns for the final day at the 2017 Conference USA indoor championships in Birmingham, Alabama on Sunday, Feb. 19.