Three School Records and Three Event Winners Highlight the Vulcan Invitational
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The Southern Miss men's and women's indoor track and field teams opened up the 2018 indoor season with three school records and three event winners at the Vulcan Invitational.
“We had great performances from Nadia Maffo, McKinely West, and Caleb Parker," said head coach Jon Stuart. “Maffo is going to be great when it all comes together and West put together some solid races for such an early meet. Parker’s jump was a great improvement over last year and his 60m hurdles win was phenomenal.”
Maffo broke her own previously set school record in the weight throw with a toss of 19.37m and finished fourth overall. Barton Community College transfer, West is responsible for two new school records after having a successful day. The Camillia, Ga. native broke the 60m dash record, held by Chris Dean (2000), with a time of 6.68. He also broke the 200m record, previously held by teammate Alexander Richemond (2017), with a time of 21.40. In both races he was the top collegiate finisher one spot behind Nike runner Christopher Belcher.
“We picked up wins in the mile from Kate and Patton," continued Stuart. “Through we still need a lot of improvement across our entire team, I am happy with the early results.”
Kate Mattox started the day out strong, capturing the win in the women’s one mile run with a time of 5:00.28. Patton Little secured his first place finish in the men’s one mille with a time of 4:17.07. Caleb Parker placed first in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.11 and was the top collegiate finisher in the high jump with a 2.15m, a new PR.
Regen McGee (5:10.23), Savannah McMillon (5:10.50) and Natalya Hall-Dekleva (5:13.54) all finished top ten in the women’s one mile, going third, fourth and seventh respectively. Trista Barry and Jamari Drake both clinched top five finishes in the women’s high jump with 1.74m and 1.69m marks.
Senior Brashe Wood finished seventh in the women’s weight throw after tossing a lifetime best with a 17.43m mark. Teammate Danisha Jones placed sixth with a throw of 17.81m. In the women’s shot put the ladies went third, fourth, fifth, and sixth with Alexis Chiles leading the pack with a launch of 14.89m.
On the men's side, Donald Daley took fourth place in the men’s weight throw with a toss of 19.17m. Robert Watson finished sixth with a toss of 17.47m before finishing ninth in the shot put with a 15.12m mark.
Newcomer John Warren jumped 7.10m in the long jump to place third overall and junior Devonta Brassell wrapped up the invitational with an eighth place in the triple jump with a 14.55m mark.
The Golden Eagles will pick it back up next weekend when they head to Nashville, Tenn. as they compete in the Vanderbilt Invitational.