Troy track, cross country wrap Sun Belt Championships
LAFAYETTE, La. (troytrojans.com) – Underclassman and various veterans led the Troy outdoor team to 50 points on the women’s side and 67 points on the men’s side as the Sun Belt Conference Championships concluded on Sunday night.
“I am very proud of what this team accomplished over the past few days,” Marc Davis said. “As a staff, we found out that this team has fight. We had many of our young stars scoring huge points for us. Our veterans went out and contributed to the cause. There were many contributors, but what is most important is that we are developing a team. We are definitely nowhere near where we will be, but we have the chemistry to get there in a hurry. We have to keep building.”
Youngsters in Hakim Montgomery, Riley Schwietz and Jaevyn Wortham competed very well at the tournament. Montgomery had a great showing with a second place finish in the 100-meter dash and in the 4×100-meter relay. He also finished with a 21.55 finish in the 200-meter dash. His 100-meter dash time is good for 18th place in the East Qualifying List.
Schwietz came in sixth place in the women’s heptathlon and finished fifth in the javelin throw competition, while Wortham capped off a nice season with a 51.69 meter discus throw, good for second place at the Sun Belt Conference Championships.
Upperclassmen in Benjamin Martin, Alexus Cobbs, Myles Charley, Corina Cox and Zach Douglas gave the Trojans the spark they needed to make a run in the championships.
Martin posted the 20th best time on the East Qualifying List in 100-meter dash with a 10.31 meter run. He finished third, only .01 seconds behind teammate Montgomery. Martin was the top Trojan to finish in the 200-meter dash with a 21.37 time and a fourth place finish.
Cobbs was consistent with two eighth place finishes in two different competitions. The first was in the long jump and the second was in the triple jump. On the men’s side, Charley was consistent with two fifth place finishes in the same categories as Cobbs.
The throwers added a fourth place finish in the discus throw by Cox and a first and third place finish by Douglas. In the shot put competition, Douglas was the only highlighted Trojan with a first place finish at the championships. His 18.64-meter toss gave him the 16th best shot put throw in the East Region.
The 50 points had the women finish in ninth place and the 67 points the men acquired led them to a seventh place finish.
Next for the Trojans is the 2016 NCAA First Round Preliminaries in Jacksonville, Fla., which is set to begin on May 26 and conclude on May 28. The top 48 in the East Qualifying Region will receive a berth to compete in the NCAA First Round.
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