USM wins six events at C-USA indoor championship

USM wins six events at C-USA indoor championship

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WDAM) - University of Southern Mississippi sprinter McKinley West set two meet records in winning two gold medals last weekend at the 2019 Conference USA Indoor Track and Field Championships.

The Golden Eagles, who finished fourth in the men’s competition with 85 points, won five events, setting three meet records and a school record along the way. USM also won a silver medal and three bronze.

West posted a record-breaking mark of 6.61 seconds in a preliminary heat of the 60-meter dash before winning the championship in 6.64 seconds.

The Golden Eagles finished first and third in the event, with Chedlin Sagesse taking the bronze in 6.85 seconds.

West also won the 200-meter dash in a meet record time of 20.66 seconds.

Caleb Parker won the 60-meter hurdles in a meet record time of 7.77 seconds, with Christian Strong placing second in 8.22 seconds.

John Warren placed first with a triple jump of 53 feet, 5 ½ inches. Warren also won bronze in the long jump with a leap of 24-3/4.

Eric Richards set a school record in the high jump, soaring 7 feet, 3 ½ inches to take first place. Parker took third in 6-10 ¾.

“The men were outstanding during both days of competition, with three new C-USA meet records, five champions and numerous season bests and school records,” USM coach Jon Stuart said. “McKinley West, Eric Richards, Caleb Parker, John Warren wreaked havoc for 48 hours, accounting for 62 of our team points.”

Other USM results from the men’s meet included:

  • 400 meters - Trey Johnson, 4th (46.97 seconds)
  • Long jump - Eric Washington, 5th (23 feet, 6 ¾ inches); Sagesse, 11th (22-6 ¼)
  • 4X400-meter relay - West, Johnson, Mamadou Sek, Lorenzon Burton; 4th (3 minutes, 13.06 seconds)
  • Weight throw - Thomas Peters, 12th (48 feet, 5 ¼)

The Lady Eagles finished fifth 59 ½ points, with Danisha Jones winning a gold medal with a school-record put of 51 feet, 11 inches, in the shot put. Jones also won a bronze medal with a throw of 62 feet, 1 ¼ inches in the weight throw.

USM’s distance medley relay team of Kate Mattox, Rian Robinson, Regen McGee and Sandra Szpott brought home a silver medal in a time of 12 minutes, 1.73 seconds.

Two other Lady Eagles earned bronze medals. Robinson placed third in the 400 meters in 55.34 seconds and Szpott finished third in the mile run in 4:54.36.

“On the women’s side, the upperclassmen were key in helping us maker our way to fifth,” Stuart said. “Sandra Szpott was really tough for us as well as Rian Robinson. They both scored in multiple events on the second day.

“Danisha Jones had a storybook ending to a great indoor career. She had the winning throw and a USM school record on her final throw of the competition. It couldn’t have been scripted any better.”

Other USM results in the women’s meet included:

  • 60 meters - Keiyana Gaskin, 6th (7.59 seconds)
  • Mile - Mattox, 5th (5 minutes, 0.54 seconds); McGee, 7th (5:01.6)
  • 3,000 meters - Szpott, 4th (9 minutes, 56.21 seconds); Mattox, 11th (10:04.73); Lina May, 13th (10:08.79); Monkia Gebarzewska, 14th (10:13.32)
  • 5,000 meters - May, 8th; (17 minutes, 41.42 seconds); Emma Kate Holdfield, 9th (17:42.23); Thersea Harto, 12th (17:59.85)
  • High jump - Zaria Jones, 5th (5 feet, 7 ¼ inches); Jamari Drake, T6th  (5-5 ¼)
  • Long jump - Callie Jones, 13th (18 feet, 1 ¼ inches)
  • Triple jump - Marquasha Myers, 12th (39 feet, 2 ¼); Callie Jones, 13th (38-9 ¾)
  • 4X400-meter relay - Robinson, Chenelle Ricketts, Aireanna Taylor, Taylor Harris; 6th (3 minutes, 47.22 seconds)

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