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Track and Field earns mixed results C-USA Indoor Championships

Track and Field earns mixed results C-USA Indoor Championships

Senior Eddie Wilcox won the gold in high jump at the Conference USA Championships. Jimmy Mitchell | Conference USA

Track and Field earns mixed results C-USA Indoor Championships
February 25
22:34 2016

Reece Waddell | Senior Staff Writer

@ReeceTapout15

North Texas track and field rounded out its indoor season with the 2016 Conference USA Indoor Championships in Birmingham, Alabama on Thursday. The men’s team tied with Louisiana Tech University for fourth place and the women came in 10th.

On the men’s side, senior Eddie Wilcox took home the only first place finish of the week for the Mean Green, winning the high jump event with a height of 2.17 meters. With Wilcox’s help, North Texas entered the final day of the championships in second place.

“I was so anxious,” Wilcox said. “I ended up going to the meet focused and prepared. I was just happy to finally put what I can do on paper.”

The 2.17-meter clearance was a career-best for Wilcox, whose result earned the Mean Green 10 of its 59 points over the course of the two-day event.

“I was very confident going into the meet,” Wilcox said. “My focus really wasn’t winning conference per se, it was basically just trying to beat myself. And by beating myself, I knew I could win conference.”

Senior Eddie Wilcox competes in the high jump during the Conference USA Championships. Jimmy Wilcox | Conference USA

Senior Eddie Wilcox competes in the high jump during the Conference USA Championships. Courtesy | Jimmy Wilcox/Conference USA

The women did not fare as well, however, ending the tournament with just 18 points. Sophomore Susannah Lynch notched a fifth place finish in the 800 meter and recorded her season-best time of 2:13:46.

Senior Nadiyah El-Amin came close to a top three finish in the 60 meter dash with a time of 7.53, but missed the podium by a mere .04 seconds. She too recorded her best time of the season in the process, but it was not enough to carry the women, who never managed to get their footing throughout the competition.

“I guess if you look at the total team scores, [I’m] not very pleased,” head coach Carl Sheffield said. “The [10th place finish] was a little bit unexpected. We were gaining ground each year indoors with our women’s team. This was a little bit of a setback.”

Both the men and women combined for 14 top-10 finishes on Thursday, with multiple athletes posting their best times to date. Senior Shauna Pali had a season-best time of 10:05:17 and finished 12th in the women’s 3000 meter. Additionally, freshman Catalina Uriarte finished in 15th place, winning her section with another personal-best of 10:11:89.

“We had some pretty good performances individually, just not enough of them,” Sheffield said. “The ones that did score and did perform didn’t score high enough.”

Sophomore Mike Lowe finished the men’s 3000 meter in fifth place with a time of 8:22:06, a mark that helped the men secure their fourth place tie.

“I was really happy,” Lowe said. “Today, I just wanted to go out there and give it absolutely everything I could. I think the men’s team did really well. It was an improvement on last year, but there’s still a lot of work to do.”

Next up: North Texas kicks off its outdoor season on March 16 at the Texas Christian University Invitational.

Featured Image: Senior Eddie Wilcox won the gold in high jump at the Conference USA Championships. Courtesy | Jimmy Mitchell/Conference USA

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