Trojans’ Track & Field to Open Outdoor Season at South Alabama
MOBILE, Ala (troytrojans.com) – Troy’s men’s and women’s track and field teams will kick off their outdoor season at conference rival South Alabama’s Jaguar Opener on Friday.
Friday’s schedule will consist of field events beginning at 4:30 p.m. with the men’s javelin, featuring freshmen Michael Alvernaz and Connor Brookman. Action will resume on Saturday at 9:45 a.m. with Alvernaz, sophomore Caleb Brown and senior TJ Servino in men’s hammer throw. Freshman Sydney Henderson and senior Lacey Marcus will represent Troy in the 100-meter hurdles to kick off the running events at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday. The meet will draw teams from all over the country, ranging from Michigan to Southeast Missouri State.
Less than two weeks ago, the women’s team recorded their highest Sun Belt Indoor Conference Championship point total since 2009. The men’s team wrapped up their indoor season over three weeks ago with multiple top-three finishes and dozens of personal records at South Alabama’s Jaguar Invitational.
“We’re bringing a select few on the women’s side to this meet since they just wrapped up their indoor season, but most of the men’s team is entered,” Mark Davis said. “We’re heading into the outdoor season with a lot of momentum on the women’s side after an impressive conference championship showing. And on the men’s side, there’s a lot of excitement to get back into competition after almost four weeks without a meet. With the addition of several other events in the outdoor season, such as the discus and javelin, we’re eager to see how much better the team will perform at invitationals, the conference meet, regionals and the national championship. Last year, one of our athletes went all the way and became an All-American, and I know we have the talent to expand on that this season – we just have to stay healthy, train smart and compete hard.”
The aforementioned Corina Cox, who finished seventh in the country last year in the discus as a sophomore, will make her junior-year debut in that event on Friday afternoon as she starts making moves toward the national qualifying standard. After redshirting the indoor season, senior captain Alexus Cobbs will also return to competition in the long and triple jump. Last year, she took third at Sun Belt’s outdoor championship in the long jump with a personal-best distance of 5.87 meters (19’3.25”). Sophomore Carissa Madson, who tied for ninth at the conference indoor championship over nearly two weeks ago, will hit the runway for the pole vault this weekend. After recording a lifetime-best point total in the pentathlon at the Sun Belt indoor championship, junior Riley Schwietz will open her outdoor season in the long jump and javelin.
In the triple jump, senior captain Myles Charley will look to improve on his personal-best mark of 15.21 meters (49’11”), which earned him sixth place in the outdoor conference championship last year and qualified him for the NCAA East Regional meet. Charley will also compete in the 4×100-meter relay and the long jump, where he boasts a personal-best leap of 7.19 meters (23’7.25”). Freshman middle-distance specialist Tyson Robinson will try his hand at a longer race this weekend in the 1500-meter run alongside his classmates, John Webb, Courtland White and Anthony Keeling, as well as sophomore Joe Giese.
Due to the addition of several events to the outdoor schedule, several Trojans will compete for the first time this year at the Jaguar Opener, including Servino, a former Ivy League runner-up in the hammer throw who transferred from Dartmouth, and Brookman, a high-potential javelin thrower.
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