The ‘Cats will take their talents to Norman, Oklahoma, this weekend to compete in University of Oklahoma’s John Jacobs Invitational.
This is the seventh meet of the outdoor season which leaves two more meets until the Southland Conference Outdoor Championships.
At this meet last year, the men’s team came out with a second-place spot at 114 points, 93 points behind the leading team, Oklahoma.
The women’s team landed a solid fourth place out of five with 61 points, 15 points ahead of SMU.
Kenzie Walker, sophomore pole vaulter from Abilene, placed first at this meet last year with a vault of 3.72 meters.
Walker improved her personal best this past weekend to four meters.
Coming off an efficacious weekend, the Wildcats expect to have a great finish against some top-notch rivalries.
For ACU newcomers such as freshman distance runner Ryan Cleary, this will be the first opportunity to compete at the John Jacobs Invitational.
“I really expect to run a big PR and prepare for the final stretch of the season,” Cleary said. “I believe our team can compete at a high level and will be ready to face some big Div. I competition.”
Sophomore multi-event competitor Ramesheon Marine also placed well in this meet last year.
Marine earned a sixth-place finish in women’s long jump and the women’s 100-meter hurdles, a-third place finish in the 4-x-400 meter relay and a fourth-place finish in the women’s 4-x-100 meter relay.
“I enjoy being able to attend these meets and being able to compete against teams across the United States,” Marine said. “Hopefully as a team, we continue to run great times.”
Marine said she hopes to excel her records at this meet this season, as do the rest of the Wildcats.
With the conference meet only three meets away, the ‘Cats know they need to strive harder to beat Div. I competition in order to succeed at Conference Championships.
“We’re heading into the peak of our performances,” Cleary said. “And this meet should be an early indicator of how we’ll perform at Conference.”
The two-day event will begin at 5 p.m. Friday.