The track and field teams sponsored the ACU Triangular Meet on Thursday afternoon at Elmer Gray Stadium. The meet originally was scheduled for Friday afternoon, but forecasts of inclement weather forced the meet to be moved.
The Wildcats competed in multiple events against Texas Tech and Oral Roberts.
“Our competition is really high quality,” said head track and field coach Don Hood. “Oral Roberts is generally really good at the conference level and in the top 30-35 programs nationally.”
The Texas Tech women finished ninth in the NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships, while the men finished 13th, proving its program’s strength.
The day began with field events, and the Wildcats swept the men’s hammer throw by taking first, second and third place. Tyler Fleet won the event with a throw of 176 feet, 5 inches, while Emery Dudensing finished second with a throw of 161 feet, 3 inches; Richard Scales rounded out the top three with a throw of 138 feet, 3 inches.
Nick Jones won the men’s discus with a throw of 177 feet, 11 inches, while Fleet finished third with a throw of 169 feet.
The women also had success in their field events with Lindsey Winegart placing first in the women’s javelin throw with a throw of 93 feet, 1 inch, while Amber Brooks finished second with a throw of 84 feet, 1 inch. In the women’s hammer throw, Jessica Sloss took second with a throw of 163 feet, 5 inches, and Paige Newby finished third, throwing 153 feet, 10 inches. Deborah Munguia and Lindsey Winegart finished fourth and fifth with throws of 119 feet, 3 inches and 105 feet, 8 inches, respectively.
Callie Young finished in a tie for third in the women’s pole vault with a vault of 12 feet, 1.5 inches. Elizabeth Buyse placed fifth with a vault of 11 feet, 7.75 inches. Amanda Clemons finished fourth in the long jump with a mark of 17 feet, 11.75 inches. The track events began later in the evening and Amos Sang finished second in the men’s 1,500-meter race, less than one second behind Oral Roberts’ Jonah Lagat who won the race. Camille Vandendriessche placed fourth in the men’s 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.05 seconds; Michael Rasor finished sixth for ACU with a time of 15.22 seconds.
In the first women’s race of the evening, the Wildcats finished second in the 4-by-100 meter relay behind Oral Roberts. The relay team, consisting of Joella Foster, Wanda Hutson, Kim Prather and Azraa Rounds, ran the race in 47.42 seconds.
Prather also won the 400-meters by more than a second with a time of 55.47 seconds.
“We just found out about this meet yesterday so we quickly had to get mentally prepared which was hard, but I pulled through,” Prather said. “I am always physically ready, but it is harder to get mentally prepared for this.”
Prather said the wind was tough on the backstretch, but besides that, it was perfect weather.
“In a way, I’m glad it got moved up,” Prather said. “It is a greater risk for injury during cold weather, and our times would have been slower.”
In the women’s 1,500-meter race, Loice Cheboi finished fourth with a time of 5:04.62, while Hayley Garner finished fifth in 5:06.64. In the women’s 100-meter hurdles, Amanda Clemons placed fifth with a time of 15.38 seconds, Nadira Johnson placed sixth in 17.18 and Amber Brooks placed seventh in 18.03.
Results for all other events were unavailable by press time.