/Troy track team shines at Alabama Relays

Troy track team shines at Alabama Relays

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Gabe Sadetsky 

Staff Writer 

 

The Troy track team finished their final day of the Alabama Relays with a strong showing this past Saturday, March 22, in Tuscaloosa. The meet, which began on Thursday, March 20, earned several Trojans outstanding achievements while increasing the team’s national rankings as a whole.

In the field events, Troy also left its mark at the relays in Tuscaloosa, as the nation’s ninth ranked freshman Corina Cox completed a season-high 49.99-meter throw in the discus.

Sophomore Myles Charley’s finish in men’s long jump saw him move to seventh in the NCAA with a 7.00-meter jump, leaving him a mere nine-hundredths short of his Sun Belt-leading jump earlier this year.

Freshman Aleeah Stigarll took ninth in the women’s heptathlon. The women’s distance medley team placed fourth with a time of 13:03.76.

The team was composed of freshmen Marsel Mosley, Sierra King, Sara Lane and sophomore, Julia Ostendorf.

In the men’s performance, arguably the greatest showing came from junior Benjamin Martin in the 100-meter dash. Martin finished second in the race.

He also broke a 26-year school record with a 10.28 finish moving him to first place in the Sun Belt Conference rankings and third in the NCAA.

Senior sprinter Jordan Landburg also had a remarkable day, placing second as his 46.84 finish in the 400-meter dash which is the fastest time in Division I this year. The finale moved Landburg into third in school history, placing him behind Trojan Hall of Fame member and former Olympian Charles Oliver.

Martin and Landburg also made substantial contributions in the 4×100-meter relay, joining senior teammates Thaddeus Curtis and Phillip Pritchett. The tandem finished with a time of 40.61 seconds, shifting them into the top-10 nationally in the event.

“It was a great day for the Trojans,” said Troy head coach Jill Lancaster. “Cox continued the momentum from yesterday by placing second in the discus with a personal best.  Jordan and Ben were tremendous on the men’s side, moving up the national rankings.  Both teams continue to get better.  At the end of the day, the veterans put up some huge marks, but just as impressive were the number of new athletes who are starting to see themselves in the same position.”

The Trojan track teams will be back in action next Friday, April 4, as they partake in the Track and Field at Tiger Track Classic meet at Auburn University.