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November 28, 2023 5:36 am

Asoburuenwu sets NCAA provisional, UMO hits 15 league marks

WILMINGTON, N.C. – The University of Mount Olive women’s track & field team recorded 15 Conference Carolinas automatic qualifying marks, five first-place finishes, a school record, and an NCAA provisional mark at the UNCW Seahawk Invitational.

Freshman Chianel Asoburuenwu was the headliner for the Trojans after setting an NCAA standard in her debut in outdoor track & field in the 200 meters after crossing the line in 23.91 seconds. She secured first overall in the event and established a new school record, which has stood since 2017. Additionally, Asoburuenwu registered a first-place finish in the 100 meters after posting a time of 11.98 seconds, which was the third-fastest in program history.

In the triple jump, the Trojans registered three conference marks, including sophomore Karla Hormazabal claiming first overall in the event with a distance of 11.49 meters, which is fourth all-time at UMO. Sophomore Jamesha Howell (10.86 meters) finished third and teammate Kiana Hatchett (10.61 meters) placed fifth in the field.

Sophomore Natalyah Wilson hit a pair of conference championship times in the opening outdoor meet of the year. She earned first place in the 400 meters with a blistering pace of 59.58 seconds, while also clearing 1.55 meters in the high jump on Saturday.

Freshman Ashley Lindsey recorded a first-place finish and a league mark in the shot put following a toss of 12.21 meters, which moves her to eighth all-time at UMO. Senior Kaliya Sutton also reached the conference standard with a distance of 11.80 meters in the event.

In the discus throw, Mount Olive featured three league championship qualifiers, led by Sutton with a mark of 35.95 meters to take third overall Additionally, Lindsey reached 35.55 meters and sophomore Adrienne Crawford tossed a distance of 33.02 meters.

Freshman Trinity Frayer hit the conference qualifying mark in the pole vault after clearing 2.90 meters to place third overall, which sits second in UMO history.

Junior Tylyia Briggs established a league qualifying standard after crossing the line in 16.10 seconds in the 100-meter hurdles, while sophomore Celine Fleurilus posted a time of 2 minutes, 24.30 seconds in the 800 meters to place second overall.

— From University of Mount Olive Athletics