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April 16, 2024 4:01 pm

UMO reaches nine qualifying marks in season opener

WINSTON-SALEM  – The University of Mount Olive women’s track and field team reached nine Conference Carolinas qualifying standards on Dec. 3 while opening the indoor campaign at the Visit Winston-Salem College Kick-off at the JDL Fast Track.

In the shot put, the Trojans had three individuals reach the league standard for the Conference Carolinas Championships. Senior Kaliya Sutton finished seventh in the field behind six Division I throwers after posting a personal record with a mark of 12.33 meters on her second attempt. With the distance, she moved to fifth all-time in school history in the event. Senior Mary Brigid Keck also achieved the league standard and placed 10th with a throw of 11.48 meters, while sophomore Katlyn Parrish registered a distance of 11.23 meters to finish 12th overall.

Freshman Keza Green placed fourth in the triple jump in her collegiate debut with the program and qualified for the league championships. She finished with a distance of 10.43 meters on her first attempt.

In the weight throw, Keck, Sutton and Parrish all reached the conference standard in the event in the opening meet. Keck led the way with an eighth-place finish after posting a distance of 16.45 meters and placed behind seven Division I athletes. Sutton set a personal record and now sits fifth all-time in program history with a mark of 15.43 meters and finished 10th overall. Parrish rounded out the group with a personal record of 12.75 meters to place 16th.

Junior Tylyia Triggs and freshman J’Naya Vaughan both qualified for the league championships in the 60-meter hurdles. Triggs registered a time of 9.77 seconds in the prelims, while Vaughan crossed the line in 9.84 seconds in her collegiate debut. Vaughan also now ranks ninth all-time in school history in the event.

— From University of Mount Olive Athletics