Track and field team earns first place in event

Jill Odom

Sports Editor

The Troy track and field team traveled to Murfreesboro, Tennessee, to compete at the Middle Tennessee Invitational and came away with a first-place finish on Saturday, Feb. 7.

Troy vied for dominance against schools such as Middle Tennessee, Belmont, Chattanooga, Eastern Kentucky, Southern Miss, and UAB.

Junior Zach Douglas was the victorious Trojan who won the shot put after making a 14.74-meter throw in the competition. He also participated in the weight throw and placed fourth with a 14.52-meter throw.

Fellow junior Myles Charley took home third place in the long jump and placed fourth in the triple jump.

Several of the men’s team’s sprinters also had a good outing. Sophomore Issac Jennings finished second in the 55-meter dash.  Seniors Zach Calhoun and Douglas Dyer finished fourth and fifth place in the men’s 55-meter hurdle, respectively.  Calhoun finished the run in 8.06 seconds while Dyer finished in 8.22 seconds.

For the women’s team, sophomore Allison Taylor finished second place in the weight throw field event. She made a 16.02-meter throw.

Junior Julia Ostendorf placed third in the women’s 300-meter run and set a new season best, finishing in 10:18.18. Sophomores Samantha Smith and Kristina Bokenfohr were close behind Ostendorf. Smith completed in the run with a time of 10:51.54. Bokenfohr crossed the finish line at 11:19.19.

To finish up the invitational, the Trojans placed second in both the men’s and women’s teams 4×400-meter relay.

Troy will compete on Friday, Feb. 13, and Saturday, Feb. 14, at the Samford Invitational in Birmingham.

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