The Southern Miss track team traveled to Tallahassee, Florida, where the women’s team won the team title with a score of 130 points while the men scored 86 points in their fourth-place finish. The Golden Eagles had five event wins and set three school records at the meet.
“We went into this meet just like any other where we try and just improve upon our marks,” Head Coach Jon Stuart said. “We didn’t have high expectations, but our kids just competed so well and when it got close to the end we just realized ‘Hey, we could win this thing’.”
The Golden Eagles faced a tough field with the teams in attendance including University of Florida, Florida State, Dartmouth, Auburn, Georgia Tech and Liberty. Florida State and Liberty’s women’s teams both entered the meet as the 2018 indoor conference champions in the ACC and the Big South. Florida State’s team entered the meet ranked No. 19 while Florida was ranked No. 9. On the men’s side, Florida entered the meet ranked No.4 and Auburn was ranked No.18 in the nation.
In the women’s 100m dash, sophomore Keiyana Gaskin finished in third place running 11.77 and freshman Rikianne Patterson finished sixth with a time of 12.02. Gaskin doubled in the 200m dash where she placed seventh with a time of 23.77. In the 400m dash, juniors Chanelle Ricketts and Rian Robinson ran 54.75 and 55.63 to finish third and fifth, respectively.
The Golden Eagles had three runners finish in the top four in the men’s 100m dash. Junior McKinely West won the event with a time of 10.38. Senior Alexander Richemond ran 10.47 and junior Chedlin Sagesse ran 10.55 to finish third and fourth. In the 200m dash, senior Cra’Vorkian Carson ran 21.09 to place third, and in the 400m dash Lorenzen Burton finished sixth with a time of 48.22.
In the women’s 100m hurdles, freshman Callie Jones placed 13th with a time of 14.93 while seniors Talia Thompson and Brooklyn Polk were both disqualified. In the 400m hurdles, Polk and Thompson finished third and fourth with times of 1:02.85 and 1:02.88. In the high jump, sophomore Jamari Drake jumped 1.69m, and senior Trista Barry jumped 1.64 to finish in third and eighth place, respectively. Patterson doubled in the long jump to finish fifth with a jump of 5.80m. In the triple jump, freshman Adrianna Mitchell finished in third with a jump of 12.05m.
In the men’s long jump, juniors John Warren and Sagesse finished in sixth and seventh with jumps of 7.49m and 7.38m. In the triple jump, Devonta Brassell jumped 14.19m to finish sixth, respectively. Burton doubled in the 400m hurdles running 48.22 to finish in sixth.
In relays, Southern Miss finished third in women’s 4X100 relay with a time of 45.95. In the 4X400 relay, the Golden Eagles finished in fifth place running a time of 3:46. The men’s 4X100 relay team finished in third running a time of 39.95 which broke the school record it set last weekend.
The women’s distance performances were led by freshman Kate Mattox. In Mattox’s first ever 1500m race, she won the event and set the school record with a time of 4:24. In the 800m run, sophomore Regen McGee placed fifth running a time of 2:14. In the 5000m run, senior Daphney Stanford ran 17:42 to place fifth, respectively. In the 2000m steeplechase, sophomore Monika Gebarzewska placed fifth with a time of 7:09.
Sophomore Patton Little ran 3:51 in the 1500m run to finish 13th overall, and in the 800m run senior Randall Dias finished in 18th place with a time of 1:57.
In the women’s throwing events, sophomore Nadia Maffo led the group with a 60.44m throw that won the hammer throw. Freshman Callie Jones won the javelin throw and set the school record with a throw of 54.85m. Seniors Alexis Chiles and Brashe Wood placed third and fourth in the shot put with throws of 15.69m and 15.35m. In discus, Wood threw 45.97m to finish in seventh place, respectively.
Junior Thomas Peters won the men’s Javelin with a throw of 68.05, and sophomore Dominic Governale placed fourth with a throw of 64.62m. In the men’s hammer throw, sophomore Robert Watson and senior Donald Daley finished in sixth and seventh with throws of 55.59m and 53.87m. Watson tripled in the discus and finished in seventh with a throw of 45.22m and finished the shot put in eighth place with a throw of 14.29m.
“I am so excited and proud of this group and I am ready to see where we can go from here,” Stuart said.
Southern Miss will remain at home and host the Southern Miss Invite at the Marshall Bell Track Complex on March 30 and 31.