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Track and field finishes indoor season ninth in Conference USA at championship meet

Track and field finishes indoor season ninth in Conference USA at championship meet

February 19
09:55 2018

North Texas concluded their indoor season with two podium finishes at the Conference USA Indoor Championships as the men and women teams both placed ninth in the final team rankings of the event.

Head coach Carl Sheffield was not impressed by his team’s overall performance in Birmingham, Alabama this past weekend.

“I think the reality is we were in the bottom half of the league and that’s not where we want to be,” Sheffield said. “So we still got some work cut out for us.” 

As a far individual performances go, Sheffield was pleased with a few performers throughout the meet.

Senior Susannah Lynch was one of those standouts as she capped off a strong indoor season by finishing third in the women’s 1-mile run with a time of 4:54.38. Lynch also placed fourth in the 3000-meter run with a time of 9:39.85.

Consistency has been a big key for Lynch as she’s had top 5 finishes in every event she’s competed in this year.

“Knowing that I can perform in the top 5 in all of my events gives me confidence going into each race,” Lynch said. “I’m always a bit nervous knowing that there are so many other girls who can run. I know that even if I have a bad day, I can still perform pretty well for my team, so I can go in a bit more relaxed.”

Long distance runners continued to make an impact throughout the day

Senior Christina Moralez came up with a seventh place finish in the women’s 5000-meter run with a time of 17:35.15. Moralez also finished ninth in the 3000-meter run with a time of 9:59.07.

Senior Mike Lowe and sophomore Florian Lussey finished with fourth and fifth place finishes, respectively, in the men’s 5000-meter run. Lowe finished with a time of 14:34.77. Lussey finished with a time of 14:37.09

Lowe and Lussey also competed in the men’s 3000-meter run and finished fifth and eighth, respectively, with times of 8:22.04 and 8:25.39.

Junior Baylee Nelson finished fourth in the women’s 800-meter run with a time of 2:12.61

Junior Rea Iseli came behind Lynch in the 1-mile run, placing fourth with a time of 4:57.04.

Sophomore Tim Jones finished ninth in the men’s 1 mile run with a time of 4:14.81 while senior Rick Nally finished tenth with a time of 4:15.70.

The women’s distance medley team finished in sixth place with a time of 11:59.98. The team consisted of senior Victoria Junious, juniors Baylee Nelson and Rea Iseli, and sophomore Darrian Johnson.

The men’s distance medley team finished in fourth place with a time of 10:05.49. The team consisted of seniors Jaron Thomas and Zach Kirkland, sophomore Tim Jones and freshman Shane Bracken.

Bailey Ashmore headlined the field events for the Mean Green, placing third in the women’s pole vault with a mark of 3.70 meters, while sophomore Jacob Franks and freshman Jacob VanPatten finished eighth and tenth, respectively, in the men’s pole vault with marks of 4.74 and 4.44 meters.

The sprinters group was headlined by freshman Darien Porter. Porter had some decent showings weeks before but never really stood from the final results of those meets.

“It had been a slow start. We knew that he had potential,” Sheffield said. “He had some bumps and bruises but he just kind’ve brought his way back and slowly gained some confidence over the last couple of weeks and was able to put it together this weekend.”

In front of the big competition, the Grand Prairie native stood out by finishing sixth in the men’s 60-meter dash with a time of 6.82 seconds.

The atmosphere of the event made Porter adjust to the overall competition.

“With track, it’s kind’ve like a big family, so your always out there with people and even though you’re competing in the same sport, you all have similar goals,” Porter said. “Being around that environment with people who are motivated and really trying to compete was a good environment and I feel like I flourished in it.”

Featured image: Business Administration senior Chastity Stewart. Courtesy | Mean Green Athletics

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