Track & Field

Cougars ahead of the pack at UT Invitational

The Cougars’ womens team earned a top-five finish at the UT Invitational at Mike A. Myers Stadium on Saturday.

“We had some personal records coming through and it was really windy out there, but a lot of them stepped up and were able to get it done,” hurdles coach Seun Adigun said. “They kind of treated it as if this are the conditions at conference and nationals.

“We are really proud of them and how they handled things.”

The Cougars took five of the top 10 spots in the 100m hurdles. Demeeka Jones led the way with a time of 13.20, finishing first.

Adigun said Jones ran a personal best and they were very happy for her as she gets her rhythm back.

“She is getting ready to take the nation on at this point, which she is very much capable of doing,” Adigun said.

The women’s 4×100 relay team took first with a time of 44.63. The team consisted of Tai’Shea Reese, Whitney Harris, Alicia Perkins, and Grecia Bolton. Ciera Johnson got her first win of the season in the 800m run with a time of 2:11.69.

Reese also took first in the women’s long jump with a jump of 20-05.00, her best mark this season.Dominique Brisco added another first-place finish in the women’s triple jump with a jump of 39-03.00.

Thomas Lang finished fourth in the men’s triple jump with his season best mark of 51-06.50. Lang had the second best jump among collegiate athletes and was the men’s top performer for the Cougars.

“This is probably the best team work that we had as a unit, we are extremely excited of how they are coming together,” Adigun said. ”We’ve done a lot of team bonding exercises, and we’ve done a lot of networking between the teams allowing them to link up and just being able to enjoy one another.”

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