Women place 4th, Men 5th at C-USA Track Championships
Distance Dominates Again in Birmingham
Birmingham, Ala.--As a great end to an impressive indoor season, men place fifth and women place fourth at the Conference USA Indoor Track and Field Championships.
"It was a fantastic team effort on both sides today," said head coach Carl Sheffield. "Our goals were to increase our team placing and increase our overall scores."
The women finished fourth with 56.50 points. Standout performances include an impressive first-place (4:58.37) mile run and fourth-place (2:13.19) 800M run by Susie Kemper, and a 1.79m (5-10.50) winning high jump from Shahaf Bareni. Shahaf battled with UTSA's Whitney Flannel to win her first C-USA Championship.
"The women were amazing," said distance coach Stefanie Slekis, "Susie took our first women's distance conference title, and PR'd by two seconds in the 800M to get fourth."
Shauna Pali took third in 3000M the and fifth in the 5000M run with a time of 17:07.73, a 22 second personal record, missing the school record by only a second. The women's distance medley relay of Christina Moralez, Chastity Stewart, Victoria Junious and Magdalena Escobar placed third, with an 11:53.42 time. Senior Dominique Best placed fourth in the women's pentathlon, scoring a total of 3524.
"I am so proud of our women coming together with big personal bests to contribute to our fourth place team finish," Slekis said
The men's team finished fifth overall with 70.50 points. Junior Troy Taylor earned his first C-USA Championship in the 3000M run with an 8:35.58 finish, crossing the line right before UTEP mile run champion Anthony Rotich. Taylor also finished third in the mile run with a time of 4:07.06. Bryce McAndrew and Alex Hita placed third and fourth, respectively, in the 800M run. Silvester Harrison finished third in the men's 5000M with a time of 14:34.22, a PR.
"The men's distance team's ultimate goal was to podium in each of our five distance events. Not only did the men accomplish their goal, they also scored twenty more points than they did last year," Slekis said.
A 4.75m (15-07.00) pole vault earned freshman Benjamin Brokenshire third place. Eddie Wilcox finished third in the men's high jump with a 2.10m (10-6.75) jump. The men's distance medley relay of Zach Kirkland, Alex Hita, Stephen Munroe, and Bryce McAndrew placed third with a time of 10:12.65.
"The distance team came through with an exceptional meet today. I am so proud of the mental toughness shown in a one-day championship," Slekis said.
At the 2014 C-USA Indoor Championships, the women's team placed eighth and the men's team placed ninth.
"We'll spend March preparing for the outdoor month in April. Our schedule is one of the most competitive outdoor seasons we have had during my time as head coach," Sheffield said.
Up Next For the Mean Green
North Texas will take on the TCU Invite in Fort Worth, Texas on March 20.
Mean Green Quick Hitters
- Chastity Stewart placed sixth 60M hurdles(8.56)
- Deja McKnight finished fifth in Shot Put with a 14.42m (47-03.75) throw
- The distance group had eight combined podium finishes this year, compared to three last year