Day Three of Outdoor Championships Garnered Four Podium Visits and a School Record
HOUSTON, Texas – The Southern Miss men’s and women’s track teams had a big third day of competition, sending four to the medal podium. The women are currently sitting in second place with a solid 42 points while the men sit in eighth with 13 points, both have seven events completed.
Senior Trista Barry collected a silver medal for the women in the high jump after clearing the 1.77m mark. Also receiving a silver medal is junior Danisha Jones in the women’s discus with a toss of 50.55m. Monika Gebarzewska finished the day off with a silver medal finish in the 3000m steeplechase.
“Danisha, Trista, and Monika’s second place finishes were just what we needed to jump start the team,” said head coach Jon Stuart. “Our kids just fed off of one another’s success today.”
John Warren visited the podium on day three with a bronze medal finish in the long jump with a mark of 7.80m. That mark was also a new school record.
“John’s star shone as bright as ever in his “off” event and landed him a school record,” continued Stuart.
In the women’s 1500m, Kate Mattox, Regen McGee, Daphney Stanford and Savannah McMillon all advanced to finals. Keiyana Gaskin qualified in both the 100m and the 200m while Chenelle Ricketts and Rian Robinson both qualified in the 400m. Courtney Filliben in the 800m and Talia Thompson in the 400m hurdles rounds out the women finalists.
On the men’s side, McKinely West, Cra’vorkian Carson and Chedlin Sagesse all qualified in the 100m, while West, Carson and Alexander Richemond move to the 200m finals. Caleb Parker in the 110m hurdles, David Little in the 1500m and Kacey Spinks in the 400m hurdles join the finalists tomorrow.
“We were very steady today through all of our events and we made finals in a workman like manner, so I am confident there are faster times coming tomorrow,” said Stuart.
Tomorrow, all the track event finals will be run and the remainder of the field events will compete. The women’s shot put begins at 3pm with the men’s triple jump following at 4pm. Then, at 6pm the track events start with the men’s 4x100m relay.