BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – WKU Track and Field wrapped up the 2019 Conference USA Indoor
Championships with four All-Conference performances across the two-day meet hosted
by UAB. Martin Owusu-Antwi, Katie Isenbarger and the men’s 4×400-meter relay each
recorded second-team All-Conference performances while Annastacia Forrester earned
third-team All-Conference recognition. Collectively, the Hilltoppers finished ninth
in the team standings while the Lady Toppers placed 10th.
“We had some solid performances in this championship meet,” head coach Erik Jenkins
opened. “Our sprinters made some progress throughout the meet. Additionally, I was
really proud of the way our ladies competed in the jumps. They posted several solid
marks and fought to beat national-caliber athletes.”
In her first Conference USA Track and Field Championships appearance, Katie
Isenbarger earned second place in the women’s high jump with a school-record clear
of 1.80 meters (5′ 10.75″). That mark ties her for the 14th-best mark in the NCAA
with just one freshman owning a better reading. Isenbarger is the fifth Lady Topper
in program history to earn All-Conference recognition in the indoor high jump,
joining Sandra Akachukwu for C-USA honors.
Annastacia Forrester joined Isenbarger on the high jump podium with a third-team
All-Conference outing after clearing 1.71 meters (5′ 7.25″) to tie for third place.
Both Isenbarger and Forrester’s jumps were career bests.
Continuing in the women’s field events, Getter Lemberg finished tied for fourth
place in the pole vault after recording a 3.76-meter (12′ 4″) clear – a new indoor
career best for the senior.
As the day went on, the Lady Toppers saw two more individuals pick up points in the
triple jump. Myesha Nott took home a fourth-place finish with a 12.72-meter (41′
8.75″) bound. The mark doubles as the second-best triple jump reading in indoor
program history. Forrester secured points in the event as well, finishing eighth
with a career-best 12.14-meter (39′ 10″) jump.
On the track, the Lady Toppers saw Juannae Lewis run a personal-best 200-meter mark
of 24.17 to earn fourth place. The reading is WKU’s best time of the indoor season.
The Lady Toppers’ top times continued into the distance events as Savannah Heckman
(10:51.68), Morgan Kannapel (11:33.08) and Lauren Roby (12:11.71) all ran their
season best times in the 3,000-meter race.
On the men’s side, Will Bush got Sunday’s scoring started with a fourth-place finish
in the 60-meter dash as the senior ran a 6.88. In the 400 meter dash, Oliver
Alexandre and Kymari Gates finished seventh and eighth, respectively. Alexandre ran
a 47.16 while Gates clocked a 47.30.
WKU saw senior Abdur Kelly earn a seventh-place finish in the 800-meter run finals.
Kelly ran a 1:54.29 – his best mark as a Hilltopper.
In the men’s 200-meter dash, two Hilltoppers earned top-eight finishes as Martin
Owusu-Antwi picked up second-team All-Conference honors. Owusu-Antwi ran a 21.04,
WKU’s season-best mark in the event. Austin Hayes also collected points for the Red
and White with an eighth place finish after running a 21.89.
On the men’s distance side, Emerson Wells (8:54.30), Dedrick Troxell (8:56.12),
Ethan Snyder (9:19.17) and Luke Hoover (9:19.92) all run season-best times in the
Brett Brannon recorded his second personal best in as many days after posting a mark
of 11.75 meters in the men’s shot put.
WKU wrapped up the meet with a second-team All-Conference performance by its men’s
4×400-meter relay squad. Lincoln Warren, Owusu-Antwi, Alexandre and Gates combined
for a 3:09.26 reading – a mark that surpassed the prior Conference USA Championships