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April 16, 2024 4:15 pm

Three Trojans make the podium; Reeves ties school record

WINSTON-SALEM – After featuring three individuals on the podium, the University of Mount Olive women’s track and field team sits second overall following day one of the Conference Carolinas championships Feb. 19.

Mount Olive tallied 41 points in the team standings at the conference championships with five events scored. UMO scored in three of the five events with a majority of its points coming in the weight throw, high jump and long jump. UNC-Pembroke ranks first in the standings with 49 points, while Converse rounds out the top three with 25 points.

In the weight throw, the Trojans featured three individuals among the top-eight scorers in the event. Senior Mary Brigid Keck finished runner-up in the weight throw with a distance of 53 feet, 10 inches on her initial toss of the competition. Keck earns a position on the podium for the third straight year in the event. Fellow senior Kaliya Sutton placed fourth overall with a mark of 49 feet, six inches, while junior Rolanda Desir-Moreau finished fifth with a personal record of 49 feet, one inch.

Freshman Channie Jefferson reached the podium in third place in her debut at the league meet after posting a personal-best distance of 18 feet, three inches in the long jump. Senior Mora Smith finished fourth overall with a mark of 17 feet, 11 inches, while sophomore Jamesha Howell scored in sixth place after recording a personal record of 17 feet, nine inches.

Sophomore Natalyah Wilson secured second place in the high jump after a personal-best clearance of five feet, two inches, while sophomore Karla Hormazabal scored on a mark of four feet, 11 inches to take seventh overall in the event.

In the 60-meter dash, senior Jaylin Reeves tied the school record after crossing the line in 7.56 seconds to set the top time in the preliminaries. Additionally, freshman Chianel Asoburuenwu (7.71 seconds) and sophomore Jamesha Howell (7.80 seconds) qualified for the finals in the 60 meters.

Asoburuenwu and Reeves also qualified for the finals in the 200 meters after setting the top two times in the prelims. Asoburuenwu set a personal record after crossing the line in 25.39 seconds to establish the top mark. Reeves finished second overall with a pace of 25.68 seconds. Additionally, senior Jaiden Moody registered the fourth-best time at 25.83 seconds to qualify for the finals.

The 400 meters finals will feature a trio of Trojans after Jefferson, Moody and sophomore Vinesha Briggs all placed in the top eight. Jefferson shattered her personal record after crossing the line in 58.41 seconds. Moody finished fourth with a mark of 59.16 seconds, while Briggs put down a personal-best time of 59.70 seconds.

Junior Tylyia Triggs will compete in the 60-meter hurdles finals after recording the third-best time in the prelims with a mark of 9.33 seconds.

— From University of Mount Olive Athletics