USM looks to finish strong at C-USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships

USM looks to finish strong at C-USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships

CHARLOTTE, MS (WDAM) - After a strong showing on Saturday, the Southern Miss Women’s Track & Field team looks to defend its 2018 Conference USA Outdoor Championship.

The Lady Eagles sit in third place after two days at the C-USA Outdoor Championships in Charlotte, North Carolina. USM’s 40 points is just five behind the leading Rice Owls.

Sophomore Callie Jones’ gold medal in the Heptathlon greatly helped Southern Miss’ cause on Saturday. Senior Danisha Jones earned USM some points as well with her gold medal in the Women’s Discus (51.75 meters).

Monika Gebarzewska took bronze in the Women’s Steeplechase. The junior from Poland ran a personal-best 10:42.59.

Caleb Parker defended his C-USA title in the men’s high jump with a mark of 6-feet, 11-inches. The junior also set a personal-record in the 110m hurdles with a time of 13.73 seconds to win the prelims.

John Warren placed second in the long jump with a leap of 24-feet, 9.25-inches. The senior has an opportunity to defend his C-USA triple jump crown on Sunday. Eric Washington grabbed a bronze medal with his jump of 24-feet, 4.5-inches.

McKinely West won the preliminaries in the 100m (10.34 sec) and 200m (20.96 sec) to advance to Sunday’s finals. The senior is the C-USA’s defending 100m champion.

Trey Johnson and Rian Robinson advance to Sunday’s finals in the 400m with times of 46.94 and 54.73, respectively.

The USM men sit in sixth place with 29 points. The Golden Eagles finished as the runners-up last season.

“Track and field’s a long season,” said USM head coach Jon Stuart. “This is the one meet a year that we have to kind of prove ourselves. We’ve had a great meet so far, people are healthy and we’re running well. Tomorrow is just a big day for us. This is what we train for, and lift all the weights and put in all the long hours – all for one day.”

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