Kennedy Wins Discus On Day Three At C-USA Championships
Men’s Team Moves Into Third; Women In Ninth Place
Sophomore Kevone Kennedy won the gold by winning the discus event at the 2016 Conference USA outdoor track and field championships.
Day three results
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – Sophomore Kevone Kennedy earned a first-place finish in the discus to propel the men’s team into third place after day three at the Conference USA outdoor track and field championships Saturday night held on the campus of Middle Tennessee.
The men’s team finished the third day of competition in third place (49 points) and the women’s team sits in ninth with 10.5 points.
Kennedy, throwing 49.36 meters (161-11.50 feet) on his third attempt, took home gold to give North Texas 10 points in the discus. Senior Riley Donovan threw a career-best mark of 48.22 meters (158-2.75 feet) to finish fourth and earn five points for the men’s team.
Senior Chastity Stewart finished first in the 100-meter hurdles preliminaries with a time of 13.27 and will try to bring home gold Sunday afternoon. Classmate Mona Landry touched in seventh in the 100-meter dash prelims with a time of 11.72 to qualify for the finals.
Senior Connor Bey came in fifth in the men’s 400-meter dash prelims with a time of 48.22 to qualify for the finals. Senior Alexander Hita placed third in the men’s 800-meter dash prelims with a time of 1:53.80 and will run in the finals Sunday afternoon.
Classmate Eddie Wilcox finished fourth in the men’s high jump with a mark of 2.06 meters, earning five points for North Texas.
Senior Nadiyah El-Amin ran a season-best time of 24.24 in the 200-meter dash prelims to qualify for the finals in eighth place. Junior Collin Heard finished eighth in the 200m dash prelims with a time of 21.19 to qualify for the finals.
Freshman Jordan Faughtenberry finished second in men’s pole vault with a season-best vault of 4.77 meters (15-7.75 feet) picking up eight points. Sophomore Gabriel McAdams was third at 4.62 meters (15-1.75 feet) giving the Mean Green six points.
In the women’s 1500-meter preliminary run, four North Texas distance runners qualified for the finals with senior Susie Kemper touching in second with a time of 4:34.54. Sophomore Christina Moralez finished ninth with a season-best mark of 4:41.15 and senior Magdalena Escobar was 10th with a time of 4:43.33. Senior Kylee Kittrell finished 12th with a season-best time of 4:44.11 to become the final qualifier.
On the men’s side, senior Bryce McAndrew qualified for the 1500m final by placing fourth at 3:50.42. Sophomore Zack Kirkland was seventh with a season-best time of 3:57.13 and senior Troy Taylor came in eighth at 3:57.44.
Escobar ran a personal-best time of 11:10.69 in the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase to earn eighth place and a point for the women’s team.
In the final event of the day, senior James Coleman ran a career-best mark of 9:00.75 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase to finish fourth and earn the men’s team five points.
The final day of the C-USA outdoor track and field championships will begin Sunday at 12:30 p.m. with the women’s javelin.
-Junior Dominique Drayden finished 10th in the long jump with a season-best mark of 7.10 meters (23-3.50 feet)
-Freshman Norman Johnson was 15th in the long jump with a season-best mark of 6.80 meters (22-3.75 feet)
-Sophomore Chelsea Crayton finished 11th in the 100-meter hurdles with a season-best time of 13.88
-Junior Collin Heard was 10th in the men’s 100-meter dash prelims with a time of 10.60 just missing out on qualifying for the finals