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Track and Field impresses at Baylor Invitational

Track and Field impresses at Baylor Invitational

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

Track and Field impresses at Baylor Invitational
April 10
19:09 2016

Austin Jackson | Staff Writer

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North Texas track and field had another strong showing at the Baylor Invitational Saturday, taking home a couple first place finishes and six podiums despite a strong head wind and top competition.

Head coach Carl Sheffield said he was proud of the team’s performance, specifically praising standout performances by upstart freshman Javier Lopez-Ibarra on the javelin and Justin Joe in 100-meter sprints.

“We had a couple freshman who looked really good which is really unheard of at this level of competition,” Sheffield said.

Lopez-Ibarra took first place in the javelin with a throw of 60.26 meters. The throw was Lopez-Ibarra’s season-best and the fifth best in North Texas history.

Freshman Justin Joe ran the 100-meter sprint in 10.70 seconds to get into the top five. Coach Sheffield said the time was particularly impressive considering the freshman was running against the wind.

“If we ever get some good weather conditions, I’d love to see how that time turns out,” Sheffield said.

Senior Chastity Stewart was prolific, claiming two second place finishes in the 100-meter and 400-meter hurdles with times of 13.50 and 1:00.44, respectively. Senior Chelsea Crayton set her season-best time in the 100-meter hurdles with a 14.41 and finished in eighth place.

Not to be outdone, senior Eddie Wilcox continued his dominant form on the high jump, claiming his sixth first place finish with a 2.10-meter leap.

“He has his head on right,” Sheffield said. “He’s on a good pace this year. He’s had two or three meets in a row jumping over seven feet. He’s really focused on placing high at the conference level and securing a spot at the NCAA championships.”

Senior Tori Clark claimed second place with her season-best throw of 54.37 meters in the women’s hammer while Senior Riley Donovan placed third in the men’s hammer throw with his season-best of 56.23 meters.

“It was a very competitive meet,” Sheffield said. “We knew coming into this meet it was going to be very competitive, and I think we got a good indication of what’s ahead of us entering the conference championship.”

North Texas will get its next chance to prove itself in California at a split-squad event with distance runners competing in the Bryan Clay and Mt. SAC relays on April 14-16. Meanwhile, the rest of the team will be competing in the K.T. Woodman Classic in Wichita, Kansas on April 16.

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

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