NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Behind 13 top-eight finishes, WKU Track and Field wrapped up its final tune-up before the 2017 Conference USA Indoor Championships at the Vanderbilt-hosted Music City Challenge. Julius Morris led the Hilltoppers with a first-place finish in the 200-meter event for his third event crown of the season.
“We had some positive results this weekend,” shared head coach Erik Jenkins. “This was our final tune-up before the conference championships and I like the direction we are headed.”
Morris also earned a spot in the 60 meter finals after clocking a 6.79 in the prelims. Joining Morris in the finals was Eli Minor, who ultimately finished third in the event with a time of 6.74. Minor also picked up a top-eight finish in the 200 meter with a time of 21.97 from the Vanderbilt Multipurpose Facility.
Half of the top eight spots in the 200 meter competition were owned by a Hilltopper. In addition to Morris and Minor, Will Bush (21.88) and Austin Hayes (21.93) secured sixth and seventh place, respectively.
Ventavius Sears continued his success in Music City, bringing home a runner-up finish in the long jump competition, clearing 7.56 meters, as well as a fourth place triple jump finish. Sears covered 15.24 meters in the event. Desmond Mobley also picked up a top-eight finish in the long jump, recording a jump of 7.28 meters.
Emmanuel Dasor pulled in his second runner-up finish in the 400 meter event on his senior season at the Music City Challenge. Dasor clocked a 46.52 in the race.
Rounding out the top-eight finishers on the men’s side was Jonathan Hayden, who picked up a second-place finish in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.04 in the finals.
On the women’s side, Khadijah Valentine took home sixth place in the 200 meter race with a time of 24.41. The finish marked her second top-eight finish in the event in 2017.
In the weight throw, Jenessa Jackson continued her top-10 finish streak with a throw of 19.44 meters. Jackson finished eighth in the event for her sixth top-10 finish in the weight throw on the season.
Next weekend, the Hilltoppers will head to Birmingham, Alabama, for the Conference USA Indoor Championships. Action is slated for Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 18-19.
200m. – Julius Morris – 21.10
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