Track and field seniors thrive at the John Jacobs Invitational

Track and field seniors thrive at the John Jacobs Invitational

Track and field seniors thrive at the John Jacobs Invitational
April 24
21:43 2016

Austin Jackson | Staff Writer

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Mean Green track and field notched 21 top-10 finishes against elite competition Saturday at the John Jacobs Invitational in Norman, Oklahoma.

The women’s team took third place behind Wichita State University and meet-host Oklahoma University, who took first in both men’s and women’s events.

Senior Chastity Stewart led the way for the women’s team with a record-setting performance in the 100-meter hurdles. Stewart’s personal best time of 13.24 took first place and set a John Jacobs Invitational event record.

“She’s really trained well over the past couple of weeks. You could just tell in training that things were really lining up,” head coach Carl Sheffield said. “I thought it would happen last week, but as they say, as Kansas goes the wind goes.”

Stewart also set a personal-best in the 200-meter hurdles and later took second place in the 4×100 meter relay. The team of Stewart, senior Mona Landry, senior Nadiyah El-Amin and junior Jazmine Martin finished with a time of 45.86.

The tandem wasn’t done there. Martin would go on to take first place in the triple jump with a career-best 12.77-meter leap while Landry would take second place with her own career best in the long jump at 5.98 meters. El-Amin later took third in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.89.

Sophomore Chelsea Classo set her career-best in the triple jump, taking third place with a jump of 12.21 meters.

The men’s team took sixth place behind the dominant form of senior Eddie WIlcox. Wilcox continued his recent performance, taking his third straight high jump title and fourth of the season with his career-best mark of 2.17 meters.

“It really is a big deal, to remain unbeaten in three weeks and to jump at your very best at this level of competition. It means a lot.” Sheffield said. “A lot of times athletes will get complacent because their doing well, but he just continues to notch victories.”

Freshman Justin Joe also continued performing at a high level, taking fourth place in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10:50, tied for his career-best.

“[When] we’re one of the top placing teams, it’s always a good outcome for us,” Sheffield said. “Especially when we’re getting ready for a championship. To see our team perform at this time at a very high level is always good.”

Next up for North Texas is the Bobcat Classic hosted by Texas State in San Marcos on April 30.

Featured Image: Graduate student Chastity Stewart was a part of the third-place distance medley relay at the C-USA Indoor Championships in 2014-2015. Courtesy | North Texas Athletics 

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