Track and Field Returns from Nashville with Two Event Wins and a School Record
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Southern Miss men’s and women’s track and field team captured two event wins and another school record at the Music City Challenge in Nashville this weekend.
“This meet was just what we needed for our team,” said head coach Jon Stuart. “We had great performances all around and came away injury free. Now we are going to rest and bring this momentum to Birmingham for the C-USA Championships.”
John Warren broke his own triple jump school record with a mark of 16.13m, and claimed the event win. McKinely West also saw an event win in the 60m with a time of 6.64, matching Cra’vorkian Carson’s school record time set last weekend at the Bayou Bengal Invite.
Friday evening saw five top ten finishes beginning with freshman Rikianne Patterson in the women’s long jump. She finished third overall with at mark of 5.96m. Jamari Drake came in sixth in the high jump with a mark of 1.66m and Chedlin Sagesse finished eighth in the men’s long jump. Wrapping up Friday was Nadia Maffo in the weight throw coming in sixth with a toss of 20.35 and Alexander Richemond in the 200m finishing fifth with a time of 21.50.
Competition picked back up on Saturday morning with Alexis Chiles and Brashe’ Wood in the shot put. Chiles, with a throw of 15.38m finished sixth and Wood with a throw of 15.15m came in eighth.
Senior Courtney Filliben ran the 800m in 2:09.37, good for a ninth place finish while sophomore Keiyana Gaskin finished eighth in the 60m. In the men’s 60m, teammates Carson and Sagesse came in sixth and seventh with times of 6.80 and 6.86 and Devonta Brassell finished seventh in the triple jump with a mark of 14.40m to wrap up the Music City Challenge.
Next on the schedule for the Golden Eagles is the C-USA Indoor Championships in Birmingham. Competition starts Friday evening, February 16, at the CrossPlex.