BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — WKU Track and Field wrapped up a successful two-day outing at the Indiana Relays and returns home with five event titles. Eight different Hilltoppers helped account for the titles as the women’s distance medley relay as well as the men’s 60-meter, 60-meter hurdles, 200-meter and long jump titles were all collected by the Red and White. In total, the Erik Jenkins coached squad has now collected 14 first-place finishes on the season.
“Indiana provided a great venue for us to compete on a track similar to the one that will be used for the conference championships in a few week,” Jenkins shared. “We were able to really evaluate ourselves against quality competition. We had some good things happen and saw areas we need to continue to improve in order to be successful.”
On the women’s side, the squad finished in the top-eight a total of 14 times highlighted by the distance medley relay crown earned by Alexa Brainard, Ariel Terrell, Callie Donaldson and Savannah Ames, finishing in 12:37.62. Terrell and Ames each contributed an individual top-eight finish as well as Terrell turned in a fifth place 400-meter finish (57.06) and Ames finished eighth in the miles (5:18.53).
The 60-meter preliminaries saw four Lady Toppers finish in the top-10 including Peli Alzola (7.75) and Jadzia Beasley (7.77), who finished fourth and seventh, respectively. Beasley also went on to finish sixth in the 200-meter with a time of 25.02 and was joined in the top-eight by Khadijah Valentine (fourth, 24.78).
Sandra Akachukwu turned in a pair of top-eight finishes in the jumping events as the senior took third place in the high jump clearing 1.65 meters (5’5”) and sixth in the long jump, covering 5.51 meters (18’1”).
Jenessa Jackson continued her success in the ring, taking home a fifth-place finish in the shot put (14.98 meters, 49’1.75”) and sixth place in the weight throw (19.09 meters, 62’7.75”).
Rounding out competition for the Lady Toppers were Kaila Smith and Catika Slay who finished second and fourth in the pentathlon, respectively.
The WKU men turned in a total of 18 top-eight finishes across the weekend outing. Julius Morris secured his second event title of the season with the top spot in the men’s 60-meter competition. Morris was joined by four other Hilltoppers in the top-eight, including Will Bush and Eli Minor who finished fourth and sixth, respectively, in the event.
In the 200-meter, WKU owned five of the top six spots, with all five times marking season-best readings for the Hilltoppers. Emmanuel Dasor claimed both the top spot and his first event title of the season with a time of 21.26. Ventavius Sears (21.31) clinched second place followed by Morris (21.62), Bush (21.86) and Minor (22.19) in fourth through sixth places.
Dasor also competed in the 400-meter for the first time of his senior campaign, posting a time of 47.90 for a second-place finish. Sears went on to take third place (47.99) in the same event.
Sammy Kipkirui tallied a second-place finish as well, clocking a time of 8:37.62 in the 3,000-meter in his first competition of the season. Endalow Takele also picked up a top-eight finish in a distance event, finishing fifth in the 5,000-meter competition (15:00.08).
Jonathan Hayden picked up his first top-finish of the season, taking home the 60-meter hurdles crown with a time of 8.19 after a preliminary reading of 8.08. Maor Seged finished third in the same event with a time of 8.40 in the finals.
Desmond Mobley registered a pair of season-best marks coming in the high jump and long jump. Mobley grabbed the long jump title, covering a distance of 7.39 meters (24’3”). He also finished fifth in the high jump, clearing 2.04 meters (6’8.25”).
The Hilltoppers will take next weekend off before heading back to Nashville to compete in the Music City Challenge.
Women’s DMR – 12:37.62 – Brainard, Terrell, Donaldson, Ames
Men’s 60m. – 6.85 – Julius Morris
Men’s 60m Hurdles – 8.19 – Jonathan Hayden
Men’s 200 – 21.26 – Emmanuel Dasor
Men’s Long Jump – 7.39m (24’3”) – Desmond Mobley
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