Feb. 25, 2012
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The Southern Miss men's team scored 26.50 points for fourth-place and the women's team had 11 points for ninth-place after the completion of day one at the Conference USA Indoor Championships at the Birmingham Crossplex.
Napoleon Benoit scored the first point for the Golden Eagle men's team as he placed eighth in the weight throw with a toss of 15.76m (51-8.50).
Senior Sarah Omotayo, competing in her first pentathlon, scored two points for the women's team with her seventh-place finish. She scored 3,395 points in the five events. Omotayo started morning running a time of 8.68 in the 60-meter hurdles to score 978 points. She cleared a height of 1.57m (6-1.75) for 701 points. After a throw of 10.72m (35-2.), she added 577 points to her total. Heading into the final event, Omotayo was in fifth after a solid performance in the long jump with a mark of 5.537m (17-7.50) that earned her 663 points. She then gutted out the final event in the pentathlon and ran a time of 2:48.22 for 476 points.
Tori Bowie had a tough go of it in the long jump as she recorded a jump of 5.91m (19-4.50) in her first attempt. She then fouled on her next two, but the mark was good enough to get her into the finals. In her first attempt in the finals, Bowie improved her mark to 6.30m (20-8) before a foul in her second attempt. On her last attempt, Bowie matched the leader from UCF with a mark of 6.32 (20-9) and had to settle for second as the place came down to the third jump to decide the winner.
In the men's 60m dash, the Golden Eagles advanced two to the finals in Justin Sims and Randy McCoy. Sims recorded a time of 7.76 while McCoy ran a time of 6.88.
Stephanie Ledgerwood recorded a school record time of 17:16.37 in the 5,000 meters and placed eighth to add a point to the Southern Miss total of 11 points after five events.
In the men's long jump, Ramon Crockett scored eight points with his second place finish and Marcus Norwood added another three with his sixth-place finish to push the Golden Eagles into a tie for fifth with 12 points after three events. Crockett recorded a personal-best jump of 7.59m (24-11) while Norwood recorded a mark of 6.98m (22-11).
Julien Bousquet and Dale Dunn finished one-two in their heat to advance to the final of the 800 meters. Bousquet ran the third fastest time at 1:54.48 while Dunn ran a time of 1:54.64.
Norwood came back in the high to place second with a height of 2.08m (6-9.75). Teammate Courtland Wells finished fifth with a jump of 2.02m (6-7.50). The duo added 12 points to the Golden Eagle total to push the Eagles into fourth-place after four events.
The men added two more points in the DMR (Dale Dunn, Camerson Everson, John Caleb Grenn, Julien Bousquet) with a seventh-place finish to keep the team in fourth with 26.50 points.
Day two gets underway on Sunday at 10 a.m. with the conclusion of the heptathlon followed by the field events. The running events begin at 2 p.m.