Top Performances Highlight Final Day At C-USA Championships
Men Finish Fifth; Women Place Sixth
The women's 4x100-meter relay team took home second place with a season-best time of 44.91 on the final day of the Conference USA outdoor championships.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Three podium finishes and a first-place finish by senior Chastity Stewart in the 400-meter hurdles highlighted the final day at the Conference USA outdoor track and field championships Sunday night held on the campus of Middle Tennessee.
The men's team finished in fifth place (77 points) and the women's team rallied to place sixth with 54.5 points.
Stewart claimed the conference title in the 400-meter hurdles with her second fastest time ever at 58.13 and closed the gap late to earn second place in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 13.21 to earn 18 total points for the women's team.
Senior Nadiyah El-Amin came in sixth in the women's 200-meter dash final with a time of 24.21 to earn three points for the women's team.
The women's 4x100-meter relay team took home second place as the team of Stewart, Mona Landry, sophomore Siara Obasuyi and El-Amin ran a season-best time of 44.91.
In the men's 4x100-meter relay, the team of senior Kedron Sowells, junior Collin Heard, junior Dominique Drayden and freshman Justin Joe finished in fifth place with a time of 40.81.
Junior Jazmine Martin placed fourth in the women's triple jump with a mark of 12.72 meters (41-8.75 feet) and sophomore Chelsea Classo was fifth with a personal best mark of 12.39 meters (40-7.75 feet).
In the 1500-meter final, senior Susie Kemper ran a personal best time of 4:32.88 placing fourth and picked up five points for the women's team.
Senior Bryce McAndrew finished fifth in the men's 1500-meter final with a time of 3:46.36 and classmate Troy Taylor came in sixth with a time of 3:48.87 to give North Texas 6.5 points for the men's team.
Senior Alexander Hita placed fifth in the men's 800-meter run final with a time of 1:52.45 to earn four points for the men's team.
In the final event, the North Texas men's 4x400-meter relay team placed fifth as senior Connor Bey, senior Caleb Pryor, freshman Chukwuma Ekweani and junior Jamison Justice ran a season-best time of
North Texas throwers recorded one of the best team/group performances in North Texas history, placing four individuals into the finals. Two athletes were on the podium as conference champions in the discus and a runner-up finish in the hammer throw.
The throws group was led by senior Riley Donovan's performance of fourth in the discus, and a sixth place finishes in the hammer and shot put. Sophomore Kevone Kennedy improved from last year's non-placing mark to Conference champ in the discus and added a seventh place finish in the hammer. Freshman Javier Lopez added to the men's total with a seventh-place finish in the Javelin throw at his first Conference USA championship.
The two senior women throwers also had a good showing. Tori Clark finished second in the Hammer throw, while Ngozi Nweke finished her collegiate career with a 16th place finish in the Hammer throw.
-Freshman Javier Lopez-Ibarra finished seventh in the javelin with a throw of 58.79 meters (192-10.75 feet)
-Bey came in sixth in the men's 400-meter dash final with a time of 48.26
-Landry finished eighth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.97
-Senior James Coleman finished 10th in the men's 5,000-meter run with a time of 14:45.00
-Kemper finished 18th in the women's 5,000-meter run with a time of 17:56.08
-Junior Collin Heard placed eighth in the men's 200-meter dash with a time of 21.33
North Texas will head to the NCAA West prelims held in Lawrence, Kansas on May 26-28.