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Mean Green Track & Field Set For C-USA Championships May 12-15
Senior Derek Richard enters the C-USA championship meet in third with a season-best pole vault of 4.70 meters (photo by Rick Yeatts).
C-USA outdoor track records
Schedule of events
DENTON -- The North Texas pole vaulters are looking to earn points heading into the 2016 Conference USA outdoor track and field championships starting May 12-15 at Dean Hayes Track & Soccer Stadium on the campus of Middle Tennessee in Murfreesboro, Tenn.
North Texas will be bringing three men’s pole vaulters to the championship with senior Derek Richard leading the way with the third best mark at 4.70 meters. Sophomore Gabriel McAdams is sixth with a season-best mark of 4.65 meters. Freshman Jordan Faughtenberry is sitting eighth with a mark of 4.55 meters.
The Mean Green men are hoping to improve on their fourth place finish at the 2016 C-USA indoor championship back in February. The women’s squad had a disappointing 10th place finish but has been posting some outstanding finishes in the last month.
Entering the conference championship, freshman Justin Joe has the seventh fastest time at 10.50 and senior Kedron Sowells sits 11th at 10.57. Junior Collin Heard is 13th with a time of 10.58 as all three runners will hope to qualify for the 100m finals.
On the women’s side, senior Mona Landry enters with the fifth fastest mark at 11.67. Classmate Nadiyah El-Amin is 11th with a time of 11.83 and sophomore Siara Obasuyi is 12th at 11.90.
Heard has the eighth fastest time in the 200-meter dash at 21.05 and senior Connor Bey is 10th with a time of 21.34. El-Amin leads the women’s squad with the fifth best time in the 200m at 23.93.
Bey, hoping to qualify for the NCAA West prelims, has the fifth fastest 400-meter dash time at 47.42 and would need to run a time of 46 seconds or better to qualify.
Senior Bryce McAndrew enters the 1500-meter run with the second fastest time at 3:43.41 and hoping for a podium finish in the event. Classmate Troy Taylor sits fifth with a time of 3:46.37 and is only four seconds from the top time of 3:42.98.
Senior Susie Kemper has the fourth fastest time in the 1500m at 4:33.66 and classmate Magdalena Escobar is 10th with a time of 4:37.22.
McAndrew also has the second fastest time in the 800-meter run at 14:06.07 and classmate James Coleman sits eighth with a time of 14:40.45. In the 10,000-meter run, sophomore Mike Lowe has the third fastest time at 30:33.63.
Coming off a record-breaking outdoor season, senior Chastity Stewart holds the second fastest times in the 100-meter hurdles at 13.03 and the 400-meter hurdles at 58.67.
Stewart also is a part of the second fastest time in the 4x100-meter relay (45.17) joining teammates Landry, El-Amin and Obasuyi.
Senior Eddie Wilcox, the reigning C-USA indoor high jump champion, has the fourth highest jump at 2.17 meters. Last season, Wilcox took third as a junior at the C-USA outdoor championship in the high jump.
Junior Jazmine Martin has the third-best triple jump mark at 12.77 meters and is hoping for a top finish at the C-USA championship.
The Mean Green throwers have had a nice season with sophomore Kevone Kennedy holding the third-best mark in the discus at 51.07 meters. Senior Ngozi Nweke is fourth in the discus with a throw of 49.15 meters. Senior Riley Donovan is fourth in the hammer throw with a season-best mark of 56.42 meters and for the women’s team senior Tori Clark is fourth in the hammer throw at 55.36 meters.