The men’s and women’s track and field team competed in Lafayette, Louisiana for the 2016 Sun Belt Conference Track and Field Outdoor Championship.
Jody Stewart, director of track and field, said his athletes are improving every day.
“I think the one thing our program is real big on, and that I emphasis is process,” Stewart said. “Everyone talks about the performance, but it’s the process that gets them there. I tell them to improve the process. The little things you do every day will help you achieve the performance you want to achieve.”
The men’s team came home with 11 medals.
In the hammer throw, Jordan Huckaby, senior thrower, placed sixth with 57.48 meters.
Reid Thormaehlen, junior thrower, placed 10th in the javelin throw with 50.61 meters.
In the long jump, Aaron George, junior jumper, placed third with 7.77 meters. Cody Schulz, junior jumper, came in seventh with a jump of 7.20 meters.
In the shot put, T’Mond Johnson, freshman thrower, came in ninth with 15.82 meters. Huckaby placed 10th with a throw of 15.64 meters.
Huckaby also placed sixth in the discus throw with 51.82 meters.
In the triple jump, Michael Madu, freshman jumper, placed 10th with 14.15 meters.
In the high jump, Alex Tripplett, senior jumper, placed third with 2.02 meters. Jake Nowak, freshman jumper, came in ninth with a jump of 1.92 meters.
The men’s team finished with several wins.
In the 10,000 meter run, Joseph Meade, freshman runner, placed second with a time of 30:49.62 seconds.
In the 4×100 meter relay, the men’s team placed first. Demarcus Porter, sophomore runner, Phillip Green, freshman runner, George and Schulz contributed a time of 39.99 seconds.
Kyle Denomme, freshman runner, placed seventh in the 1500 meter run with a time of 3:58.65 seconds.
Lincoln Warren, freshman runner, Porter and Green qualified for finals in the 200 meter dash. Green placed second with a time of 20.98 seconds. Porter came in third turning in a time of 21.20 seconds. Warren came in seventh with a time of 21.57 seconds.
In the 400 meter dash, Dexter Lee, junior runner, Porter and Warren qualified for finals. Porter placed first with a time of 46.68 seconds. Warren came in third with turning in a time of 46.91 seconds. Lee came in sixth with a time of 47.54 seconds.
Tyrone Jackson, junior runner, De’Quad Binder, senior runner, and Denomme qualified for finals in the 800 meter run. Binder placed first with a time of 1:50.68 seconds. Jackson came in second turning in a time of 1:51.17 seconds. Denomme came in eighth with a time of 2:09.89 seconds.
In the 400 meter hurdles, James Hilliard and Larron Black, senior runners, qualified for finals. Black placed fifth with a time of 53.98 seconds. Hilliard came in sixth turning in a time of 54.14 seconds.
Green qualified for finals in the 100 meter dash. Green placed sixth turning in a time of 10.69 seconds.
Meade placed fifth in the 5000 meter run with a time of 14:56.99 seconds.
In the 4×400 meter relay, the men’s team placed first. Anthony Johnson, senior runner, Porter, Warren and Lee contributed a time of 3:09.70 seconds.
The women’s team came home with 11 medals.
Abby Hani, junior multi, started the women’s team with the heptathlon. She placed fifth with a total of 4745 points.
In the hammer throw, Talore Kelly, senior thrower, placed second with 55.92 meters. Julie Lange, junior thrower, came in fourth with a throw of 54.21 meters.
In the high jump, Chelsie Decoud, sophomore jumper, placed first with 1.79 meters. Courtney Johnson, sophomore jumper, came in second with a jump of 1.76 meters.
Hani placed third in the long jump with 5.93 meters.
In the shot put, Lange placed fourth with 15.57 meters. Kelly placed fifth with a throw of 15.22 meters.
Lange came in first of the discus throw with 51.83 meters. Sidnee Land, freshman thrower, came in eighth with a throw of 44.87 meters.
Mylana Hearn, sophomore jumper, placed second in the triple jump with 12.66 meters.
The women’s races started off with the 3000 meter steeplechase. Kelly Trevino, senior runner, placed seventh with a time of 11:09.69 seconds.
Nikki Sanchez, sophomore runner, placed ninth in the 1500 meter run with a time of 4:43.34 seconds.
In the 100 meter hurdles, Kaylee Krenek, freshman runner, and Antonisha Stewart, junior runner, qualified for finals. Stewart placed first with 13.70 seconds. Krenek came in eighth with 15.47 seconds.
Tramesha Hardy, freshman runner, qualified for finals in the 200 meter dash. Hardy placed fifth with a time of 24.04 seconds.
In the 400 meter dash, Nia Dorner, junior runner, and Hardy qualified for finals. Hardy placed second with a time of 53.70 seconds. Dorner came in seventh with a time of 56.59 seconds.
Esther Oyetunde, sophomore runner, and Sanchez qualified for finals in the 800 meter run. Oyetunde placed third with a time of 2:11.89 seconds. Sanchez came in eighth turning in a time of 2:25.66 seconds.
In the 400 meter hurdles, Sydni Willis, sophomore runner, qualified for finals. Willis placed second with a time of 59.62 seconds.
Trevino placed eighth in the 5000 meter run with a time of 17:48.49 seconds.
In the 4×400 meter relay, the women’s team placed second. Amber Gilmore, senior runner, Willis, Dorner and Hardy contributed a time of 3:42.86 seconds.
The men’s and women’s team both placed third as a team in the championship with 21 events scored. The men had a total of 118 points. The women had a total of 120 points.