Track and field team returns to Auburn

Jill Odom

Sports Editor

The Troy track and field team wrapped up the War Eagle Invitational with several top-three finishes on Saturday, April 18.

The Trojans returned to Auburn on Friday, April 17. Senior Demetris Elia picked up third place in the men’s hammer throw.

Teammate freshman Joevar James also placed third in his event, the javelin throw.

In the women’s field events, sophomore Allison Taylor threw her hammer 42.77 meters.

Junior Julia Ostendorf and sophomore Mikayla Hodges flew past their previous records in the women’s running events.

Ostendorf finished the 1500-meter run with the new time of 4:45.12. Hodges crossed the finish line at 18:03.64 in the 5000-meter run. They both placed sixth in their individual events.

On Saturday, April 18, freshman Dylan Ogburn won first place in the men’s 1500-meter run and was close to setting a new personal best.

Ostendorf earned second place in the 3000-meter steeplechase at 11:06.26. Sophomore Sean Kent placed third in the same event for the men, finishing in 10:11.17.

Freshman Sydney Wright competed in three separate events and took home fourth in both the 100-meter final and the 200-meter dash.

She set new personal records in both of the events as well. Freshman Niata Alexander also participated in the 200-meter dash and earned eighth place.

The women’s 4×400-meter relay snatched a second place finish and finished at 3:52.55.

Wright was also part of the women’s 4×100-meter relay team, which included seniors Alexus Cobbs and Paige McMillan, and junior Cameia Alexander.

The relay team placed fifth with a time of 46.81 seconds.

The women who competed in the field events were also successful. Cobbs secured second place in the long jump after making a 5.71-meter leap.

Freshman Jaevyn Worthham competed in the women’s discus and shot put. She finished third and fourth the events, respectively.

Sophomore BJ Kennedy rounded out the invitational by placing fourth in the men’s long jump, reaching 6.97 meters.

The track and field team will travel to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, for the Penn Relays on April 23-25.

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