Feb. 4, 2012
SOUTH BEND, Ind.
- The Southern Miss indoor track and field teams completed competition on the first day at the Meyo Invitational and came away with several top marks.
Senior Tori Bowie turned in a season-best performance at the Meyo Invitational after posting a jump of 6.37m (20-10.75). She fouled on her first two attempts before recorded a jump of 5.80 (19-0.25) to advance to the finals. After another foul attempted, Bowie posted a good mark that moved her into second where she remained for the remainder of the competition. The mark moved her to fourth in the nation in the long jump.
Senior Sarah Omotayo just missed advancing to the final in the 60-meters hurdles after running a time of 8.94.
Freshman Randy McCoy ran a personal-best time of 8.17 in the preliminaries of the 60-meter hurdles to advance to the finals.
Junior Justin Sims turned in the fastest time of 6.79 in the preliminaries of the 60 meter dash to advance to the finals. McCoy recorded a personal-best time of 6.94, advancing to the finals. Redshirt junior Mario Spann just missed the finals after posting a time of 7.00.
Junior Stephanie Ledgerwood shaved 32 seconds off her previous time in posting a personal-best and school record time of 17:18.81 in the 5,000 meters.
Reshirt senior Ke'Airra Jones was the top finisher in the high jump after posting a jump of 1.78m (5-10). Jones cleared the opening height on her first attempt. She then cleared 1.75 with one miss then passed on the next height before clearing 1.78 (5-10) on her final attempt. She and Rebecca Buchholtz of Michigan State did not clear the height of 1.81 (5-11.75). Jones who had fewer misses was awarded first-place.
Senior Marcus Norwood recorded a persona-best mark in the long jump with a jump of 7.09m (23-3). Senior Ramon Crockett finished with a jump of 7.07m (23-2.25).
"Overall, we had a tremendous first day of competition against some of the best teams in the nation," coach Kevin Stephen said. "With a win in the women's high jump and Justin Sims running the fastest time in the 60 meters prelims, I would say we are competing at an extremely high level. We had one school record and four personal records in the first day. With all but two of our athletes in action on day two, I look for more of our student-athletes to advantage of this great facility and world class competition."