Track & Field Sits Second After Day One At C-USA Championships
Senior Eddie Wilcox Earned First Place In The Men's High Jump
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Led by a first place finish by senior Eddie Wilcox in the high jump, the men's track and field team sits in second place after Day One at the Conference USA Championships.
The men's team came away with 36 points through six events trailing top seed UTSA by just 13 points heading into the final day.
"Not a bad start for the week," head coach Carl Sheffield said. "Had some things go our way and some not. The field events had a great day, Eddie (Wilcox) set a life-time best and indoor conference best sitting 16th nationally. The men's throwers had a good showing and lots of individual personal best."
In the first event of the day, North Texas opened the meet with a statement first place finish from Wilcox in the men's high jump. Wilcox earned his first ever conference gold jumping a career best 2.17 meters (7 feet-1.50).
Sophomore Gabriel McAdams finished sixth in the men's pole vault at 4.60 meters and freshman Jordan Faughtenberry was seventh at 4.45m. McAdams and Faughtenberry earned five combined points for the men's team.
In the men's 5000 meter run, sophomore Mike Lowe came in fourth place with a new school record time of 14:26.71 breaking his teammate James Coleman's mark from 2014. Coleman finished eighth with a time of 14:45.06.
Senior Riley Donovan threw a career best 17.84 meters earning fourth place in the men's weight throw. Sophomore Kevone Kennedy finished eighth with a career best throw of 16.52m. Donovan and Kennedy earned six combined points for the men's team.
Senior Mona Landry jumped a season high 5.50 meters in the women's long jump placing 17th.
In the men's 800 meter run preliminaries, senior Alexander Hita ran a season best time of 1:54.82 placing 10th. Sophomore Susannah Lynch qualified for the women's 800m final with a season best time of 2:13.48.
Senior Connor Bey qualified in the men's 400 meter dash with a season best time of 48.29 seconds. Also junior Jamison Justice ran a season best time of 48.87 seconds earning 17th place.
In the women's 60 meter dash prelims, senior Nadiyah El-Amin qualified for the finals with a season best time of 7.56 seconds. Landry finished 15th with a season best time of 7.67.
Junior Collin Heard qualified in the men's 200 meter dash with a fourth best time of 21.37. On the women's side El-Amin failed to qualify but ran a season best time of 24.92 placing 15th.
In the men's long jump, senior Dominique Drayden took home fifth place with a jump of 7.07 meters. In the men's distance medley, North Texas came in fourth place as the team of Hita, senior Caleb Pryor, freshman Michael Johnson and sophomore Zach Kirkland clocked in with a season best time of 10:12.88.
In the final event of the day, the women's distance medley team came in seventh as the team of sophomore Christina Moralez, senior Rhenique Williams, Nelson and senior Magdalena Escobar touched in a season best time of 11:58.34.
-Senior Eddie Wilcox earned first place in the men's high jump with a career best 2.17 meters
-Sophomore Mike Lowe broke a school record in the men's 5000 meter run
North Texas will finish the final day of the Conference USA championships starting at 11 a.m. with the men's triple jump.