Golden Eagles open outdoor season with solid showing
The Golden Eagles men’s and women’s track teams began the outdoor season at the Mississippi State Relays. The Golden Eagles’ teams were tested in the outdoor relays, showing promise on the track.
On day one, the men’s distance team showed the most improvement based off of the indoor season. In the men’s 800m race, junior Randall Dias ran a 1:57, a second faster than his indoor time this season, to finish fourth overall. In the 1500m run, freshman David Little also finished fourth running a 3:57.
On the women’s side, the distance team continued to be the strongest part of the team. Sisters Regen and Devin McGee ran 2:14 and 2:17 to finish first and second overall, respectively. In the 1500m run, Courtney Filliben ran a 4:32, finishing second, Savannah McMillion ran a 4:34 to finish third and Natalya Hall- Dekleva ran a 4:35 to finish in fourth place.
The Lady Eagles also finished strong in the 5000m race with four runners finishing in the top eight. Sophomore Victoria Hoppe (17:59) finished fourth, sophomore Chloe Tedder (18:29) finished sixth, freshman Madeleine Bell (18:36) finished seventh and sophomore Rachel Tedder (18:52) finished eighth.
In the men’s 400m race, senior Curtis Walker placed second running a 47.40 and sophomores Lorenzen Burton and Forrest Penton finished seventh and ninth overall, running 49.30 and 49.62, respectively. For the women’s 400m race, freshman Aireana Taylor and junior Brooklyn Polk ran 58.22 and 59.20 to place fourth and fifth, respectively.
In the men’s field events, junior Donald Daley threw a 49.91m to finish first overall in the discus throw. Freshman Robert Watson finished third in the hammer throw, throwing 46.94m. In the women’s discus throw, junior Brashe Wood placed first with a 47.90m throw and sophomore Danisha Jones threw 45.31m to place fifth. Freshman Nadia Moffo placed second in the hammer throw, throwing 55.82m and Wood threw 46.87m to place sixth.
In the relays, the men’s 4×200 team ran a 1:25.24 to finish second overall and the women finished first in the 4×200 finished first with a time of 1:37.04.
On day two, the Golden Eagles stayed productive with three more event winners.
In the men’s short distance, junior Cra’vorkian Carson won the 200m dash with a 21.36, with freshman Kemar Sims running a 11.20 to finish ninth.
The women’s short distance had less success than the men’s team. In the women’s 100m dash, freshman Shundoria Hardy finished ninth with a 12.44. In the 200m dash, freshman Keiyana Gaskin and sophomore Kadaria Thompson placed third and fifth running 24.17 and 24.29, respectively.
In the men’s hurdles events, freshman Caleb Park ran a 14.45 to place second overall in the 110m hurdles and freshman Kacey Spinks placed third in the 400m hurdles with a time of 56.21. For the women, senior Modesty Lorick ran a 13.85 to place second in the 110m hurdles. Junior Talia Thompson also placed second in the 400m hurdles running a 1:03.44.
In the men’s 4×100 relay the team ran a 41.42 to finish first overall, but the women’s relay team did not finish in the 4×100. However, in the 4×400 relay the Lady Eagles finished third running a 3:48.01
In the women’s high jump, freshman Jamari Drake jumped a 1.70m to place first in her event.
In the men’s field events, Watson doubled and competed in the shotput, where he finished sixth overall with a throw 12.75m. In the men’s javelin, senior Emron Gibbs and Thomas Peters threw 66.69m and 62.21m to place fourth and fifth. In women’s, junior Alexis Chiles threw a 17.17m to place second in her competition.
The Golden Eagles will be back in action at the Florida State Relays in Tallahassee, Fla. on Mar. 24.