Harris Wins High Jump at UNF Spring Break Invite
STATESBORO, Ga. – Georgia Southern carried over Friday’s success in the field events at the UNF Spring Break Invite as freshman Keyanna Harris won the High Jump on the second day of competition. Harris cleared the 1.60m (5’3”) mark without any misses to take the top spot in her first collegiate outdoor competition. Gusty winds and chilly temperatures ruled at Hodges Stadium for the second straight day, but the Eagles still managed to post some personal bests.
“Warming up was difficult today, and you always want the wind in your favor, but in the early outdoor meets, you have to expect the weather to be unpredictable,” said Georgia Southern Track & Field Coach Marlo Mincey. “For Keyanna, it is always good to build confidence and get a win, we’re happy for her today.”
Freshmen Ashleigh Rasheed and Taylor Johnson claimed the fourth and fifth places, respectively, in the Triple Jump. The marks for Rasheed 11.4 (37’5”) and Johnson 10.83 (35’6”) both land in the top five of their collegiate bests.
In the only throwing event of the day, Sophomore Alexis Jacobs and freshman Kelsey Chandler had top-five finishes in the Hammer. Jacobs placed third in the event at 42.95m (140’11) for her collegiate best and Chandler’s mark was just a foot behind her at 42.66 (139’11”). Chandler finished with her collegiate personal best in the Discus Friday (39.05m/128’1”).
Four Eagles placed in the top 13 and two more finished with times in the top 20 in the 200m Dash Saturday. Sophomore Kimberly Thomas had a collegiate personal best 25.31 in the 200m, good for eighth place while freshman Aarin Tipton took 10th (25.61), followed by King in 11th with her personal best (25.78) and Jasmine Billings (13th, 25.93). Deanna Edwards (25.96) lowered her best time for 16th and Rasheed ran her first collegiate outdoor 200m (26.39) for 19th place.
“We had almost 100 percent PR in the 200m and even though it was an off event for some, they approached it with a relaxed mind, and it turned out really well,” Mincey said.
Both the “A” and “B” teams for the 4X400m Relay finished in the top five with Deanna Edwards, King, Thomas and Aliya Parker of the “A” team posting a 3:55.45 for third. Seniors Amber Vaughn (lead) and Ebony Carter (anchor), paired with freshmen Alyssa Felton (2) and Tipton as the “B” team took fifth-place. Sophomore Jasmine Walker teamed up with a trio of seniors, Vaughn, Jasmine Billings and Carter for a 47.74 time in the 4X100m and third place in that event.
“We were pleased with the effort, but not with the time,” Mincey said. “We would always want to run faster, but coming straight off (indoor) championships, and this week, we really happy with the effort.”
The Eagles compete next at the Palmetto Classic at Park West in Mt. Pleasant, S.C., on Friday, March 8th. College of Charleston and The Citadel play co-host to the meet with both teams returning to Statesboro for the Georgia Southern Invitational Friday, March 15th.
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- Category: Track & Field
- Published on Sunday, 31 December 1899 19:00