The Men and Women’s team competed in Birmingham, Alabama, for the Sun Belt Conference Indoor Championships.
Track and Field Coach Jody Stewart said his team gets better everyday.
“As a team we are doing a great job. We are healthy. We are working hard. Each meet we are getting better,” Stewart said. “We’re learning how to execute on the road and major competition. I think we are doing a really great job, and I am excited for this weekend.”
During competition, 21 athletes advanced to finals. Eleven individuals and four relay teams advanced to the NCAA Indoor Championships.
Nikki Sanchez, Sydni Willis and Ester Oyetunde, sophomores, and Devina Schnieder, freshman, placed third in the women’s distance medley race with an overall time of 12:04.74 seconds.
Noe Belmares and Tyrone Jackson, juniors, De’Quad Binder, senior, and Kyle Denomme, freshman, also advance by placing second in the men’s distance medley with an overall time of 10:06.52 seconds.
The 4×400 meter relay men and women’s teams both placed first in the conference finals.
Tramesha Hardy, freshman, Amber Gilmore, senior, and Oyetunde and Willis turned in a time of 3:43.51 seconds in the relay.
Demarcus Porter, sophomore, Anthony Johnson, senior, Dexter Lee, junior, and Binder finished the race with a time of 3:12.04 seconds.
On the men’s side, six athletes advanced to nationals.
In the 400 meter race, Porter finished first with a time of 47.07 seconds. Johnson finished right behind him in second with 47.31 seconds.
Jackson and Binder placed again in the 800 meter race. Jackson came in second and turned in a time of 1:52.64 seconds. Right behind him was Binder in second with a time of 1:52.86 seconds.
Aaron George, junior, placed first in the long jump with 7.64 meters.
Jordan Huckaby, senior, placed third in the weight throw and advanced with a time of 18.19 meters.
The women’s team was just as strong. Five individuals will advance to nationals.
In the 200 meter race, Hardy placed first with a time of 23.61 seconds.
Oyetunde placed third in the 800 meter race. She turned in a time of 2:13.91 seconds.
In the 60 meter hurdles race two athletes advanced. Kaylee Krenek, freshman, came in third with a time of 8.46 seconds. In first place was Antonisha Stewart, junior, she finished with 8.38 seconds.
In the women’s high jump Chelsie Decoud, sophomore, placed first with 1.78 meters.