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Seven Hilltoppers set personal records at home meet

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — Seven Hilltoppers set new personal records at the Hilltopper
Relays as No. 23 WKU continues to prove it’s one of the nation’s best tallying 10
first-place marks at the Charles M. Rueter Track and Field Complex this weekend.

“I’m really happy on where we are as a team,” noted head coach Erik Jenkins. “The
Hilltopper Relays were a success as our athletes ran well and the Fastest Kid in
Bowling Green was really exciting as usual.”

To start things off on Friday, junior Morgan McIntyre pushed herself and racked up
three PRs in the pole vault setting the tone for the weekend. The Ashland, Ky.,
native cleared a height of 4.13m (13’6.5”), marking the third-best in school
history, which was good for first place. Currently, the mark is tied for 21st in the
nation.

“A foot PR, I mean that is what it is,” grinned Jenkins on McIntyre’s performance.
“I was very, very happy with that and I think she is ready to have a very successful
outdoor season.”

The Hilltoppers’ performances didn’t stop there as the PR club on the weekend kept
growing. Desmond Mobley got things started on Saturday posting a mark of 2.11m in
the high jump, a new personal record, placing fifth. The junior also set a new PR in
the triple jump, tallying a mark of 14.35m (47’1”). In addition, Mobley placed
second in the long jump posting a mark of 7.47m (24’6.25”) just behind his teammate
Ventavius Sears.

Sears, who was one of 12 recognized for Senior Day, won the long jump with a mark of
7.57m (24’10”). In the triple jump, the Georgia native finished with a 16.06m
(52’8.25”) mark, setting a PR in outdoor. The jump is the best mark since the
1970’s, topping Emmett Briggs (1975) as Sears slides into third place all-time.

Sophomore Austin Hayes in the 200-meter posted a time of 21.55, a new PR, and Will
Bush set a new record as well for himself running a 21.09 mark. Eli Minor placed
fourth running a mark of 21.05 Corey Parks finished with a PR time of 21.74.
Finishing in first and second in the 200-meter was Emmanuel Dasor (20.55) and Julius
Morris (20.62).

WKU had the another 1-2 finish in the 4×100-meter with a 39.98 time for team A
(Morris, Minor, Dasor, Sears) and team B (Bush, Hayes, Parks, Jonathan Hayden)
posted a time of 40.43. Team A finished first in the 4×400-meter relay as well with
a mark of 3:17.58.

Endalow Takele earned first in the 1,500-meter race posting a time of 3:57.22 and
Morris won the 100-meter dash in 10.48 seconds. Hayden (14.31) and Maor Seged
(14.52) finished second and third in the 110-meter hurdles.

Freshman Taylor Scarbrough finished in second place in the 3,000-meter steeplechase
posting a time of 10:11.43.

On the women’s side, the Lady Toppers stole the show in the 100-meter dash racking
up first, second and third place in Jadzia Beasley (11.94, 1st), Khadijah Valentine
(11.97, 2nd) and Peli Alzola (12.04, 3rd). Valentine (24.03) and Alzola (24.22)
finished second and third as well in the 200-meter.

Junior Ariel Terrell finished second and posted a PR in the 400-meter hurdles with a
time of 1:01.77.
The Lady Toppers won the 4×100-meter relay posting a time of 45.47, led by Alzola,
Sandra Akachukwu, Beasley and Valentine.

In the long jump, Catika Slay finished in fourth place covering a distance of 5.82m
(19’1.25”), a new PR.

Senior Jenessa Jackson racked up three top-three finishes, performing in the shot
put with a mark of 14.39 meters placing second. The Peach State native also threw
the discus 43.51 meters, good for third place and placed third as well in the hammer
throw tallying a 54.32-meter mark.

WKU will split up in its next meets with athletes going to the Mt. SAC Relays and
Austin Peay Invitational on April 14-15.

EVENT TITLES
100m. – Jadzia Beasley – 11.94
4x100m. – Peli Alzola, Sandra Akachukwu, Jadzia Beasley, Khadijah Valentine – 45.47
Pole Vault – Morgan McIntyre – 4.13m
100m. – Julius Morris – 10.48
200m. – Emmanuel Dasor – 20.55
1,500m. – Endalow Takele – 3:57.22
4x100m. – Julius Morris, Eli Minor, Emmanuel Dasor, Ventavius Sears – 39.98
4x400m. – Ventavius Sears, Eli Minor, Julius Morris, Emmanuel Dasor – 3:17.58
Long Jump – Ventavius Sears – 7.57m
Triple Jump – Ventavius Sears – 16.06m

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