Miners Conclude Action at Texas A&M Invitational
Anthony Rotich continues to dominate on the track as he finished in the top-10 at the Husky Classic on Saturday.
“This is a great effort by Anthony (Rotich) in one week,” said associate head coach Paul Ereng. “He finished eighth in a very competitive filed and we are all very excited about his performance.”
The freshman ran in the men’s 3,000m and clocked in a personal-best time of 7:53.43, registering the fourth-fastest time in program history. The All-American finished eight overall in a competitive field and now sits first in Conference USA in the event. The sophomore’s time also ranks him 10th in the nation according to the Track and Field Results Reporting System (TFRRS).
Texas A&M Invitational
College Station, Texas – Mark Jackson finished on top in two events at the Texas A&M Invitational on Saturday.
“Coaches are fairly pleased with today’s competition as it was our last meet before the C-USA Indoor Championships,” said head coach Mika Laaksonen. “The most important thing is that we are very healthy going into the championship meet. We still have to get a few individuals to perform better, but I think most of them will get there by the time it counts.”
On the filed, Mark Jackson recorded the eighth best mark in the nation in the triple jump of 15.86m (52-00.50). He not only took gold at the meet but also puts him in the lead in Conference USA this season in the event.
Jackson went on to post a season-best mark of 7.35m (24-01.50) in the men’s long jump claiming first place for the Miners. The junior recorded the jump in his second attempt and passed his last four jumps at the meet. Jackson’s mark earned him the top spot in the C-USA performance list, but also ranked him 40th in the nation in the event.
Teammate Donovant Grant took fourth place in the long jump with a leap of 7.00m (22-11.75).
Sophomore Xavier Baker recorded a jump of 1.98m (6-06.00) finishing second overall in the high jump.
Elkana Rotich was the only Miner to compete in the men’s mile in a field of 20 runners. The junior crossed the finish line first posting a personal-best time of 4:06.37 at the Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium.
The men’s 4x400m relay team consisting of Carnell Horn, A-Shawni Mitchell, Daniel Tarango and Abiola Onakoya finished first in the second heat and fourth overall with a time of 3:13.83.
The men’s team was the top Conference USA finishers of the meet with a total of 58 points and fourth overall.
The women’s hurdles teammate started off the meet on Saturday and set the bar high for the squad. Janice Jackson, Brianna McGhee and Samantha Sharper were the top finishers in their respectable heats in the 60m hurdles prelims.
Jackson recorded a time of 8.33 holding the top spot in the hurdles heading into the finals. McGhee clocked in a time of 8.55 finishing third overall in the prelims, while Sharper was fifth with a time of 8.66.
Jackson went on to claim first place in the 60m hurdle finals clocking in a time of 8.29, barley missing her school record by one second. The sprinters time pus her at No. 16 in the nation according to the Track and Field Results Reporting System (TFRRS).
McGhee finished fourth with a time of 8.49, while Sharper crossed the finish line with a time of 8.74.
In the women’s 800m race, Jackline Ekai posted a season-best time of 2:16.02 claiming seventh place and earning the No. 12 spot in the league rankings. Mariah Bowers finished ninth with a time of 2:17.30.
Yolanda Suggs qualified for the women’s 60m dash finals with a time of 7.52 recorded in the prelims. She went on to finish fifth in the finals clocking in a time of 7.55.
On the field, Jallycia Pearson took seventh place in the high jump with a mark of 1.62m (5-03.75). The jump is ranked 11th in the conference performance list this indoor season.
The Miners will have a week off to prepare for the 2013 Conference USA Indoor Championships in Birmingham, Ala.