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Track and Field Has Success at C-USA Indoor Championships

Feb. 18, 2018

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Southern Miss men’s and women’s Track and Field team had a successful outing at the 2018 C-USA Indoor Championships bringing home 16 medals and five school records combined.

The women were named Conference Runner Up with 93.50 points and the men came in fourth overall with 80 points. McKinely West was named Top Scorer of the Meet with 25 points for the men’s side.

West brought home the gold medal in the 60m dash with a time of 6.66, the gold in the 200m with a new school record time of 20.85, and was the first leg of the men’s 4x4 who finished third.

John Warren broke not only the school record in the triple jump but also the C-USA Indoor Championship record with a gold medalist mark of 16.34m. The previous C-USA record was 16.09m.

Keiyana Gaskin finished the 60m with a time of 7.38, earning her a silver medal and in the 200m a bronze medal and a school record with a time of 23.86. In the 400m, newcomer, Chenelle Ricketts reached the podium with a bronze medal finish and Courtney Filliben received bronze in the 800m with a time of 2:09.78.

In the women’s shot put, Alexis Chiles clenched silver and Brashe’ Wood claimed bronze with throws of 15.35m and 15.13m. Danisha Jones also put points on the board with a sixth place finish.

Jamari Drake and Zaria Jones both earned points in the high jump with Drake reaching the podium to receive a silver medal.

On the men’s side Cra’vorkian Carson put points up in two events; the 60m he finished second with a time of 6.69 and fourth in the 200m. Rounding out the sprints is Chedlin Sagesse who came in fifth in the 60m and Alexander Richemond who finished fifth in the 200m. Caleb Parker, adding to his medal from last night, finished third in the 60m hurdles to get the bronze. Rounding out the men was Patton Little, who earned points in the men’s distance category for a sixth place finish in the one mile.

The men’s 4x4 reached the podium with a third place finish, West, Richemond, Lorenzen Burton and Kacey Spinks ran the relay in 3:11.86. The women’s 4x4 came in fourth overall with a time of 3:44.83 and was run by Rian Robinson, Chenelle Ricketts, Brooklyn Polk and Aireanna Taylor.

Head Coach Jon Stuart

“We had inspired performances all day. Once the momentum builds and the crowd started yelling “to the top”, I knew it was going to be a special day. Our kids simply have a lot of heart and were not going to miss out on that podium.”

Assistant Coach (Jumps/Hurdles) John Ellis

 “This team is very special. We set a goal for ourselves and stayed focused even when some things didn’t go our way. I’m unbelievably proud of all event areas and our staff. John Warren setting a new C-USA Indoor record in the triple jump was such an incredible thing to be a part of.”

Assistant Coach (Distance/Mid-Distance) Aaron Kindt

“Kate and Courtney were tremendous today. Courtney ran the second fastest she’s even ran indoors and that’s pretty cool to see her season come together like that. Patton in the one mile, put up points on the men’s distance side for the first time in almost 10 years. It was a great way to end the meet on the distance side.”

Assistant Coach (Throws) Jennifer Svoboda

“The throwers had a solid weekend of performances. My seniors really stepped up in a big way, and Nadia competed well and pulled off a clutch throw in round five to secure the gold. We are excited about carrying over our momentum into the outdoor season.”

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