Fast and furious: Track and field sets new records

Jill Odom

Sports Editor

The Troy track and field team raised the bar at the Tiger Track Classic and 23 Trojans set new personal records throughout the events on Friday, April 3, and Saturday, April 4.

The Trojans traveled to Auburn for the event, and Sun Belt rival South Alabama was among the competitors.

In the women’s javelin, sophomore Riley Schwietz earned sixth place after a 39.35-meter throw, barely missing her previous personal record.

Fellow sophomore Aleeah Stigarll broke her own record with her javelin reaching 31.04 meters.

Sophomore Allison Taylor surpassed her previous record for the hammer throw by a meter, making her new best 43.31 meters.

For the women’s triple jump, sophomore Nesha Defoe was also successful at topping her record. Her new leap was 11.39 meters.

Senior Douglas Dyer earned 10th place in the men’s javelin throw, beating out two Auburn athletes with his 51.25- meter throw. Dyer’s throw eclipsed his previous record.

The last Trojan to set a new personal best on Friday, April 3, was sophomore Jonathan Valdez, who made a 41.01 meter heave in the men’s hammer throw.

On Saturday, the final day of the Tiger Track Classic, junior Julia Ostendorf took home first place in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. She crossed the finish line at 11:00.38.

Three Trojans showed off their speed in the women’s 100-meter dash and set new personal records. Freshman Sydney Wright finished sixth in 11.73 seconds.

Senior Paige McMillan placed 15th in 12.02 seconds, and freshman Aubrey West followed up shortly after in 12.69 seconds.

Wright took home another top-10 finish on Saturday, placing fifth in the women’s 200-meter dash and setting a new time. Junior Cameia Alexander broke her old record with a time of 24.87 seconds in the same event.

The Trojans also broke individual records in the 3,000-meter run, including sophomore Mikayla Hodges and freshman Sara Zylstra.

In the field events for the women, freshman Corina Cox led the Trojans by earning second place in the discus with a 51.69 meter toss.

Freshman Jaevyn Worthham earned 10th place in the shot put and set a new personal best in the discus, thanks to a 45.59-meter throw that netted her ninth place.

Stigarll took home 11th place in the women’s long jump, and senior Alexus Cobbs was close behind in 13th. Stigarll and Cobbs leapt 5.71 meters and 5.62 meters, respectively.

Sophomore Cameron Rice led things on the men’s side, placing 10th in the 200-meter run, clocking in at a new best of 21.49 seconds.

Freshman CJ Phillip also set a new personal record in the men’s pole vault and finished 11th.

In the men’s 3,000-meter run, sophomore Tim Bulger wrapped things up for the Trojans in 13th place.

Troy will travel to Mobile for the South Alabama Invitational on Friday, April 10, and Saturday, April 11.

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