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Track and field post promising results at second indoor meet

Track and field post promising results at second indoor meet

Senior sprinter and jumper Monda Landry runs down the straightaway during a relay at the TCU Invitational in Fort Worth. Courtesy | North Texas Athletics

Track and field post promising results at second indoor meet
January 21
17:24 2018

The North Texas Track and Field team took part in its second indoor meet at the Martin Luther King Invitational in New Mexico. The meet was held at the Albuquerque Convention Center and North Texas only had 23 athletes compete in the event.

Head coach Carl Sheffield wanted only a select few of his athletes to participate so he could evaluate some of his younger talent.

“We have such a young team,” Sheffield said. “It’s just getting some of our young athletes more experience running indoors and getting them acclimated to running on different tracks because a lot of them have never done so before.” 

Freshman sprinter Darien Porter made his Mean Green debut, placing ninth in the men’s 60-meter semifinals with a time of 6.91 seconds.

Three of the young female sprinters qualified for the 60-meter semifinals as well. But only two ran in the semifinals as freshman Aneesa Scott, who finished fifth in the qualifying round with a time of 7.68 seconds, did not participate. Freshmen Taylor Blackshire and Bria Williams placed sixth and seventh, respectively, with times of 7.66 and 7.69 seconds.

For the veteran athletes that competed, many improved their marks and times from last year.

Senior sprinter Alford Tribble finished seventh in the men’s 60-meter final with a personal best time of 6.95 seconds. Tribble also placed No. 8 in the men’s 200-meter finals with a time of 21.67 seconds, which was another personal best.

Senior Kevone Kennedy improved his performance from last week by placing third in the men’s weight throw with a career best mark of 17.69 meters.

Senior Dominique Drayden finished ninth in men’s long jump with a mark of 7.12 meters.

Junior distance runner Susannah Lynch finished fourth in the women’s 1 mile run with a time of 4:53.76 seconds while senior Zach Kirkland finished twelfth in the men’s with a time of 4:26.81 seconds.

Graduate student Jaron Thomas placed sixth in the men’s 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.21 seconds.

Senior Victoria Junious had a fifth place finish in the women’s 800-meter run with a time of 2:16.66 seconds.

“It’s what we practice for every week which is to try and improve on our personal best,” Sheffield said. “ I can’t speak facts but I bet 90 percent of the people we took this weekend had a personal best in one of the events they participated in.”

Sheffield hopes that these personal best will only be a small compensation for a much bigger prize.

“I think one of the challenges is to make sure that our individual goals are lining up with our team and conference goals,” Sheffield said. “It’s good to have personal best but we have to see how they line up with our Conference USA goals.

Next up: North Texas heads to Lubbock next weekend to compete in the Texas Tech Indoor meet.

Featured image: 2016 senior sprinter and jumper Monda Landry runs down the straightaway during a relay at the TCU Invitational in Fort Worth. Courtesy | North Texas Athletics

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