Golden Eagle Outdoor Track Teams Fared Well In Season Opener
HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- The Southern Miss mens and womens outdoor track teams opened the 2003 season, hosting their own meet Saturday at the Marshall Bell Track.
Shane Brandford finished second in the 100 meters with a time of 10.79 and Marcus Polk was fourth with a time of 10.95. Polk, Kenny Johnson and Durran Dunn finished one-two-three in the 200 meters with times of 21.66, 21.83 and 21.84, respectively. Marvin Williams posted a time of 49.46 in the 400 meters, finishing sixth. Jerry Teachey finished seventh in the 800 meter run with a time of 1:57.67. Steve Griffin turned in a time of 15.17 in the 110-meter high hurdles, finishing fourth. The 4x100-meter relay team placed first with a time of 41.19. The 4x400-meter relay team finished third with a time of 3:15.71.
In the field events, Cedric Norman finished first in the high jump, posting a new school record with a height of 72.25 and breaking a 10-year old record. The mark was good enough for a regional qualifying mark as well. Matt Fant finished second in the pole vault with a height of 1411. Norman paced a group of Golden Eagles in the long jump, jumping 2310 for first-place, followed by Marcus Polk with a jump of 232.50 (second-place), Steve Griffin 231.25 (third), Marvin Lucas 230.50 (fourth) and Corey Seals 22.9.25 for sixth-place. Norman rounded out his day with a second-place finish in the triple jump with a jump of 484.75. Noah Bryant placed eighth in the shot put with a toss of 450.25. Eric Lyon took first in the hammer throw with a toss of 14411. Casey McGehee was third with a throw of 1315. Freshman Conrad Chanove, competing in his first collegiate meet, finished second in the javelin with a throw of 1986.
Prudence Reid posted a time of 12.28 in the 100 meters, finishing third. Kasey House finished third with a time of 25.31 in the 200 meters, followed by Joanna Williams with a time of 25.86 (sixth). SDori Sims placed second in the 400 meters with a time of 57.37. Lydiah Chepkwony and Alisha Edwards finished sixth and seventh, respectively, in the 800 meters with times of 2:21.48 and 2:22.34. Jessica Crump finished first in the 1,500 meters with a time of 4:49.29 and Karen Tankersley placed fourth with a time of 5:06.60. Keri White sprinted to first-place in the 3,000 meters with a time of 10:29.07. Jocelyn Young ran a 1:05.06 in the 400 intermediate hurdles and finished second. The womens 4x100-meter relay team ran a 46.75 for first-place and the 4x400-meter relay team finished second with a time of 3:53.24.
In the field events, Kate Juedes led a group of four Lady Eagles in the high jump with a height of 58 for first-place, Krista Miller was second with a height of 56, Sabrina Norwood was fourth with a height of 52.25 and Mary Roper took sixth-place with a height of 50.25. Dasha Wakefield was first in the pole vault with a 1011.75 height and Regina Ballinger turned in a height of 90.25 for fourth-place. Angela Johnson finished fourth in the long jump at 1611.50. Sims was third in the triple jump at 368.50 and Portia Collins was sixth with a jump of 350125. Michelle Zorn throw a distance of 419.25 in the shot, finishing third, then followed up with a second-place finish in the hammer throw with a toss of 10910. Juedes capped off her day with a third-place finish in the javelin with a throw of 126.
The Southern Miss track teams will compete in the Alabama Relays, Mar. 21-23, in Tuscaloosa, Ala.