Dec. 4, 2012
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss men's and women's indoor track and field squads opened its 2012-2013 season last weekend in fine fashion by capturing first-place in four events and collecting a total of 15 top-eight finishes in the Birmingham-Southern College Indoor Icebreaker at the Birmingham (Ala.) Metro CrossPlex.
Senior Robert Collingwood (Port of Spain, Trinidad) recorded the shot put title at the meet with a throw of 17.05 meters, while the 4x400 relay squad, which consisted of Derrick Johnson (Tuscaloosa, Ala.), Elbert Rogers (Auburn, Ala.), Justin Sims (Decatur, Ga.) and Cameron Everson (Mobile, Ala.), won their event with a time of 3:19.31 to round out the men's winners.
Senior Tamarra Bowie (Sand Hill, Miss.) captured the triple jump crown on the women's side with a best leap of 12.33 meters, while junior Rachel Polk (Madison, Miss.) notched a winning throw of 15.24 meters in the shot put.
Sims, a senior, also tallied a third-place showing in the 60 meters race with a time of 6.78. The Golden Eagle men also added third-place finishes in the shot put by senior Richard Collingwood (Port of Spain, Trinidad) with a throw of 16.72 meters, and in the weight throw by senior Suyi Georgewill (Ontario, Canada).
Freshman LiRoy Cage (Kenner, La.) placed fifth in the 60 meters with a time of 6.88, while other fifth-place finishes included sophomore Courtland Wells (Tuscaloosa, Ala.) in the high jump (1.95 meters), freshman Jamar Sims (Decatur, Ga.) in the long jump (6.93 meters) and freshman Chris Monroe (Tuscaloosa, Ala.) in the triple jump (14.40 meters).
The Golden Eagles added two seventh-place finishes in the 60 meter hurdles from sophomore Randy McCoy (Flowood, Miss.) with a time of 8.52 in the finals and in the weight throw from Robert Collingwood with a heave of 16.20. Wells also placed eighth in the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 8.56 in the finals.
Freshman LaDeeshia Davis (Waxahachie, Texas) tied for seventh on the women's side in the high jump with a leap of 1.60 meters to finish out the Golden Eagle top-eight finishers.