Women Claim C-USA Outdoor Track and Field Title, Men Clinch Runner-Up
HOUSTON, Texas – The Southern Miss women clinched the C-USA Outdoor Title after posting 131 points while the men came in C-USA Outdoor Champion Runner Up with 110 points. This marks the first time since the start of Conference USA that the women have claimed the title.
“The kids really took care of themselves, said Jon Stuart. “They were not going to be denied. They were not going to let this trophy go. They had so much heart over the last four days.”
Head Coach Jon Stuart was awarded the Women’s Outdoor Coach of the Year after the phenomenal finish by the Golden Eagles.
“This was a culmination of just a tremendous effort from staff, trainers, administrators, and everybody, said Stuart. This is just a great award from the entire Southern Miss Nation.”
McKinely West was named Men’s High Scorer of the meet with 28 points. The junior took the Gold in the 100m and the 4x100m relay as well as the silver medal in the 200m.
Alexis Chiles got the day started with a gold medal finish in the women’s shot put while Brashe’ Wood finished fourth and Danisha Jones came in sixth for a combined 18 points.
John Warren not only broke the school record with his gold medal finish but also the C-USA Outdoor Championship Meet record with a mark of 16.41m.
Thomas Peters reached the podium with a third place finish in the men’s javelin with a mark of 64.10m and teammate Dominic Governale finished fifth.
Caleb Parker took home the gold in the men’s high jump after clearing the 2.15m mark, he also grabbed the silver medal in the 110m hurdles with a time of 13.89.
Alexander Richemond took home the bronze in the 200m and the gold in the men’s 4x100m relay. Joining West and Richemond in the men’s 4x100m gold finish was Cra’vorkian Carson and Chedlin Sagesse.
On the women’s side, Callie Jones secured the win with a gold medal finish in the javelin after a mark of 49.14m. Kate Mattox took the silver medal in both the 1500m and the 5000m for a combined 16 points.
Rian Robinson took to the podium twice with a bronze medal finish in the 400m and a silver in the 4x100m relay. Joining Robinson on the podium for the 4x100m was Rikianne Patterson, Chenelle Ricketts, and Keiyana Gaskin. Gaskin met the podium for a bronze medal finish in the 100m and 200m.
Courtney Filliben just missed the podium with a fourth place finish in the 800m with a time of 2:11.09.
"To get four trophies in one year, our second place finish in cross country, second place in Indoor and now the Outdoor championship, joined by our men’s second place finish, what an incredible effort from these kids."
The Golden Eagles now look ahead to the NCAA East Regional Championships that take place in Tampa, Fla. beginning on May 24.