BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Morgan McIntyre highlighted day two from the 2018 Conference USA
Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track & Field Championships for WKU as the senior repeated
as the women’s pole vault champion on Sunday while Julius Morris collected a pair of
his own All-Conference honors. In total, the Hilltoppers turned in five
All-Conference USA performances from the Birmingham CrossPlex.
“Morgan McIntyre did a great job of defending her conference title today,” head
coach Erik Jenkins opened. “I was really happy with how she performed at the
McIntyre helped the Lady Toppers to an 11th place team finish from the indoor
championships as the squad tallied 19.5 points. The Ashland, Ky., native cleared her
second-best height of 2018 with a reading of 3.90 meters (12’9.5″) – eight inches
better than Rice’s Ayane Rosano in second place. Fellow pole vaulter Getter Lemberg
racked up points for the Red and White as well, notching her first All-Conference
honors after tying for third with a clear of 3.70 meters (12’1.5″). Freshman Nicole
Ogorek finished tied for ninth with a clear of 3.60 meters (11’9.75″) in her first
Brianna Eskridge picked up a couple points for the Lady Toppers in Sunday’s triple
jump with a personal-best bound of 12.09 meters (39’8″). The sophomore also posted a
personal-best high jump clear of 1.68 meters (5’6″) to finish ninth. Juannae Lewis
rounded out the scoring for WKU on the women’s side with a seventh place finish in
the 200-meter dash, running a time of 24.96.
On the men’s side, WKU scored 40 points on Sunday to bring its point total to 44 at
the Championships for an eight place team finish. Jonathan Hayden got the scoring
started with a personal best in the 60-meter hurdles, clocking a 7.94 for second
place and the third-fastest mark in Hilltopper program history. Hayden’s
All-Conference USA honor in the event is the third of his career in the discipline.
Morris (6.72) and Eli Minor (6.75) finished third and fourth in Sunday’s 60-meter
finals to add to the Hilltopper team point total. Morris’ All-Conference USA honors
in the event are the third of his career. Later in the day, Morris collected his
second top-three finish of the Championships with a personal-best 20.92 in the
200-meter dash taking second. The senior is a four-time All-Conference performer in
the event. Minor also picked up points for the Red and White in the 200-meter dash,
finishing sixth (21.60).
“Julius Morris and Eli Minor competed at a very high level in two events to secure
crucial points for us this weekend,” Jenkins continued. “Julius ran two personal
bests in the 200-meter at the Championships while Eli ran a lifetime best in the
WKU Track & Field has claimed nine of the 12 possible Indoor All-Conference spots in
the men’s 200-meter dash since joining Conference USA prior to the 2014-15 season.
The Hilltoppers’ 4×400-meter relay unit comprised of Austin Hayes, Oliver Alexandre,
David Saruni and Kymari Gates finished fifth with a time of 3:15.72 to grab a few
more points. WKU collected its remaining points in the 400-meter where three
Hilltoppers scored including Alexandre (48.82), Charles Shimukowa (49.25) and Gates
(50.07) in spots six through eight.
Morgan McIntyre – women’s pole vault – 1st
Getter Lemberg – women’s pole vault – T-3rd
Jonathan Hayden – men’s 60-meter hurdles – 2nd
Julius Morris – men’s 60m – 3rd
Julius Morris – men’s 200m – 2nd
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