Head Track and Field coach Jill Lancaster was optimistic about her athletes’ performances and what it means heading into the home stretch.
“The men’s and women’s team made a statement last week,” said Lancaster. “As a whole the team made great strides. We keep making moves up the conference rankings list. Our staff is excited but determined to keep the team on task for the championships.”
There were several Trojans that won their respective events and set personal bests during the classic for both the men and women.
Nicolo Bolla continued to thrive this season as he set a new Sun Belt conference record in the hammer with 63.96 meters.
Freeman finished the 100-meter dash with a season-best 10.40 seconds against the wind, increasing his lead on the Sun Belt performance list. He also assisted on the 4X100 meter relay that finished third behind Auburn and Clemson with 40.67 seconds.
Lynn won the discus competition with a 53.80-meter throw, which was his season best, locking up his second place position in the Sun Belt.
Thaddeus Curtis ran a personal best 53.53 seconds in the 400-meter hurdles but finished 10th.
Larry Henry exceled in the high just with a season-best 2.10 meters, giving him a fourth place finish.
The women also performed well during the competition.
Ashley Hall set a personal best in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.83 seconds, giving her the first sub-12 second time of her career.
Ja-Courtney Alexander continued to be a force and participated in several events including the 400-meter dash and hurdles.
She finished sixth with a time of 54.75 seconds in the 400-meter, which moved her into second place in the Sun Belt and possibly as high as 20th in the NCAA East Region.
There were two women that placed in the top-ten of the 5,000-meter dash. Julia Ostendorf and Morgan Paulson finished eighth and ninth respectively.
“Many of these performances have positioned these athletes to contend for a spot at the NCAA first round,” said Lancaster. “It is a great feeling to see all the teams hard work start to come together.”
The Trojans will next traveling on Friday when they head to Athens, Ga., to participate in the Georgia Spec Town Relays.