EL PASO, Texas – The Southern Miss men’s and women’s track and field teams completed competition at the 2017 C-USA Outdoor Championships bringing home two event titles on the final day.
In the women’s shot put Brashe’ Wood was named champion and Alexis Chiles captured the silver. Wood had a mark of 15.99m and Chiles with a 15.48m throw.
Donald Daley took home the gold in the discus with a toss of 51.66m.
“I couldn’t be more proud right now, said head coach Jon Stuart. “From top to bottom this team has a lot of heart. Almost everything went right today and we got points from every event area.”
“We compete in one of the toughest conferences in the NCAA and to go from thirteenth to fourth in such a short period is a testament to the hard work of my staff, and the dedication of an amazing group of student athletes, continued Stuart.”
On the women’s side Courtney Filliben in the 800m run took bronze with a time of 2:12.76. Modesty Lorick captured the bronze in both the 100m and 400m hurdles. The 4x100m relay comprised of Lorick, Kadaria Thompson, Adriana Allen and Keiyana Gaskin also came away bronze medalists with a time of 45.47.
Cra’vorkian Carson brought home silver in the 100m dash with a time of 10.43. Freshman Caleb Parker ran 14.12 in the 110m hurdles good enough for the bronze medal. The men’s 4x100m relay squad made up of Carson, Alexander Richemond, Curtis Walker and Jamad Smith grabbed silver with a 39.94 time.
Nadia Maffo was named Freshman of the Year after her standout performances over the course of the year. Maffo took home the gold medal in the weight throw on Friday.
Host UTEP claimed the 2017 C-USA Women's Track & Field Championship with 153 team points, while WKU earned the men's championship after posting 144 points. Middle Tennessee came in second in the women's event with 126 points, while UTSA notched 138 points in a second-place effort on the men's side. For the WKU men, it is the program's fourth C-USA track championship since entering the league.
The women’s team finished in fourth place with 85 points and the men finished sixth with 68.50 points.