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Saturday, December 2, 2023


Cougars break records, bring home wins at track meet

During the Leonard Hilton Memorial track and field meet at Yeoman Field House on Friday, senior Seun Adigun continued her winning ways as she finished first in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.37 seconds, improving on her NCAA provisional mark. "I felt better than I did last week," Adigun said. "I improved on my performances (from) last weekend, but I know I still have a lot of work to do if I really want to compete on a national level." Her previous provisional mark of 8.40 seconds, which she posted at the Houston Indoor Opener, earned Adigun her first Conference USA Athlete of the Week honor last week. "I really just wanted to improve on my time last week, so I put (everything) into doing that" she said. "I am happy, but I am not excited because I wanted to finish (around) 8.20 seconds this weekend. But progress is progress." Adigun was not the only Cougar to top the competition. With a throw of 16.49 meters, sophomore weight-thrower Brandon Hubbard broke the school record of 15.64 meters, which he had previously held. "I’ve been working hard all year," Hubbard said. "I first broke the record last year at the conference championships. In the first meet this year I didn’t do as well as I thought I could, but I improved a lot this weekend. I feel like I still have room to go up." Hubbard didn’t stop there. He set a new personal record in the shot put competition with a 15.3-meter toss that earned him an eighth-place finish. "I set personal bests in each event today, and it shows that everything I’ve been working on in practice is finally starting to come together," Hubbard said. "Hopefully, the improvement will continue next week at Arkansas." Senior Adriane Guinn also set an individual record in the women’s mile, placing ninth with a time of 5:16.91. "I thought I raced OK," Guinn said. "I probably should have run out a little harder than I did. I went out a little slow the first half and I just tried to pick it up the last 800 (meters). I tried to kick it in at the end, but it was hard." In the men’s 60-meter dash, senior Tremaine Smith posted a time of 6.80 seconds and nabbed his first win of the season. "It felt good," Smith said. "I’m not too pleased with the time, but it’s great motivation to keep me going for the rest of the season." The Cougars will travel to Fayetteville, Ark. next weekend to compete in the Razorback Invitational at Randal Tyson Track Center.

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