BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — Ten Hilltoppers finished in the Top 5 at the Mt. SAC Relays and
Austin Peay Invitational this weekend, including two titles claimed by Morgan
McIntyre in the pole vault and Khadijah Valentine in the 100-meter dash.
To start things off on Thursday at the Mt. SAC Relays, seniors Endalow Takele and
Katie Lever ran in the 10,000m race. Takele posted a time of 31:06.38 to finish 30th
and Lever finished in 34th place with a mark of 37:37.97.
On Friday, the 100- and 200-meter, 110- and 400-meter hurdles, shot put and discus
took place at the Relays in Torrance, Calif. After winning the 100-meter dash last
weekend in front of his fans at the Hilltopper Relays, Julius Morris flew by the
competition logging a 10.32 mark. The junior finished in third place out of 64
competitors and set a new personal record.
“Julius (Morris) did a great job of staying composed in a very solid field,” noted
head coach Erik Jenkins. “The race was called back three times due to false starts,
however he ran 10.55 in the first race and came back in a rerun to post a
season-best time of 10.32 15 minutes later.”
Two other Hilltoppers competed in the 100-meter dash as Will Bush ran a 10.84, good
for 42nd and Corey Parks clocked an 11.43.
Ventavius Sears continues to show his athleticism in field and track events running
the seventh-fastest time in the 200-meter, posting a time in just 21.03 seconds. Eli
Minor ran in the event as well running the distance in a time of 21.75 to finish
In the hurdles, Jonathan Hayden pulled out a personal best in the 110m hurdles
crossing the line at 14.22 for third place. Hayden also competed in the 400m hurdles
finishing 22nd with a time of 54.82. Denzel Villaman finished 33rd notching a mark
Jenessa Jackson has improved her marks each meet posting two season-best throws in
the discus (44.43m) placing ninth and shot put (14.77m) finishing sixth to cap off
Saturday out in the Golden State was another great day for No. 21 WKU as two relay
teams got to go against the best in the land in the 4x100m relay. Team ‘A’ clocked a
time of 39.19, which was good for seventh place at the event and currently sits as
the seventh best time in the country, and Team ‘B’ ran a time of 42.07 to finish in
“The relays had a good showing against some of the nation’s best relay teams,” said
Jenkins. “We expect to get better in both the 4x100m and 4x400m, though. Mt. SAC
consistently provides a quality environment to learn from against the world’s best.”
On the other side of the United States, WKU Track and Field had athletes in
Clarksville, Tenn., at the Austin Peay Invitational and tallied 11 top-10 marks.
On Friday the pole vault event took place and freshman Shelby Chobot cleared her
first-ever height at a meet placing eighth with a mark of 3.00m (9’10”). Morgan
McIntyre, who took the crown at the Hilltopper Relays, once again outperformed her
opponents and won the pole vault title launching over a height of 3.90m (12’9.5”).
The following day in the 100-meter dash, Ariel Terrell clocked a time of 12.12 to
finish third, while Khadijah Valentine placed first (23.56) and Terrell finished
10th (25.19) in the 200-meter.
The Red and White had three competitors in the 800-meter as Kaila Smith (2:19.54)
took fifth place, Alexa Brainard (2:24.79) placed 15th, and Catika Slay (2:32.54)
finished in 33rd place.
Savannah Ames competed in her first 1,500m event of the outdoor season posting a
time of 4:59.77 for 24th place.
A pair of hurdlers racked up top-10 marks in the 100-meter hurdles as Smith finished
with a time of 14.20, just edging Slay who ran in 14.83 seconds to place sixth.
In the 4x100m relays, WKU’s ‘A’ team crossed the finish line in 46.38 seconds to
Sandra Akachukwu leaped for a mark of 5.40m (17’8.75”), finishing in fourth place in
the long jump. Desmond Mobley tallied a 2.08m (6’9.75”) mark in the high jump, good
for second place.
Sophomore Julien Cuyeu crossed the finish line with a time of 15:45.90 in the 5,000m
race, a season best.
No. 21 WKU will return to action on April 21-22 as it will send athletes to the
Georgia Tech and War Eagle Invitational.
200m – Khadijah Valentine – 23.56
Pole Vault – Morgan McIntyre – 3.90m (12’9.5”)
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