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Track and Field Heats up at Jaguar Classic


The Men’s and Women’s Track and Field teams competed this past Friday at the University of South Alabama for their Jaguar Classic meet. Among the competition were students from University of South Alabama, University of Alabama, University of Mobile, University of Southern Mississippi, Indiana Tech, Jackson State University, University of Alabama-Birmingham, UT-Tyler, Mississippi Valley, Belhaven, and University of West Alabama. This was their second meet of the season.

Meet highlights include a second-place finish by the women’s 4x100 meter team, David Toups finishing fourth in the men’s 1500 meter and fifth in the 800 meter, Athina Amanor with a fifth place finish in the women’s 400 meter, and a fifth place javelin throw from Brian Pempel.

The athletes seemed to be satisfied with their performances overall, with junior David Toups saying, “Both the men’s and women’s teams performed well on all fronts at South Alabama this weekend. Sprinters, distance runners, and field event athletes competed against a tough field of teams, including a few Division I teams, and we held our own. We’re definitely starting to hit our stride at the right time.” Junior Meghan Sullivan stated, “This season has been going really well so far, for the team as a whole and for myself personally. The Spring Hill track team has performed really well and the team has worked so hard for the last few months, so it’s great to see everyone’s hard work pay off! I’ve had a personal best the last two meets in the 1500m, my main track event, with the times of 5:17 at our first meet and then 5:14 at our meet this past weekend at South. I’m excited to see where our team can go this season!”

The team has three more meets in the season before the SIAC Championship meet in April, with the Falcon Classic this coming weekend at the University of Montevallo. Following that will be the University of Southern Mississippi Invitational the weekend of March 29, and the Mississippi College Twilight Invitational on April 5.

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