McM Track Sweeps Heartland/McMurry Invitational

ABILENE, Texas - McMurry's men's and women's track and field teams won their respective divisions at the inaugural Heartland/McMurry Invitational meet, concluding Saturday at Wilford Moore Stadium and Bobby Carter Throws Complex.

The War Hawk men rolled up 379 points to out-distanced Oklahoma Christian (235) and Dallas Baptist (61).  The McM women had 308 points and finished ahead of OC's 178 and DBU's 95 point totals.

In the men's sprints, Victor Cruz was the overall runner-up in both the 100 and 200 meters, but was to top collegiate finisher (placing behind a pair of unattached competitors). Cruz posted a time of 10.60 seconds in the 100 and 25.06 seconds in the 200.

Teammate Isaac Hamilton was fourth overall, and the second collegian, in the 200 (22.54).

Lance Andrews and Trevon Odom went 1-2 in the 400 meter dash. Andrews broke the tape at 49.23 seconds. Odom was close behind at 49.41.

Anthony Todd was third in the men's 800 meters (2:01.32), while Brandon Porter (4:19.42) led a quartet of McM place winners in the Nos. 2-5 slots in the 1500. Following Porter across the finish line were Luke Scribner, Spenser Patterson and Evan Sperling.

Porter, Michael Dowd and Colt Carlton placed in the 4-6 spots in the 5000 meters. Porter's time was 16:41.94, while Dowd had 16:43.42 and Carlton 17:16.03 minutes.

In the two hurdle races, Willie Poindexter was the War Hawks' top placer in both. Poindexter won the 400 meter hurdles in a clocking of 55.52 seconds, while finishing second in the 110 hurdles (15.91 seconds).

The McM men's 4x400 meter relay team garnered top honors with a time of 3:19.78. The group consisted of Desmond Williams, Poindexter, Andrews and Odom.

In the 4x100 relay, McMurry's group of John Keith, Hamilton, Williams and Cruz was the top college finisher (narrowly edged out by a unattached team littered with former McM all-Americans) in a time of 42.53.

The Saturday field events for the men began with a Nos. 1-4 sweep in the pole vault, led by Grayson Morrow's leap of 15' 8 ¼". Brock Steinbock, Marcus Nabors and Chris Veail rounded out the top four.

The triple jump was won by McM's Chris Ogle (47' 11 ¼"), with teammate Dillon Wilkins (46' 0 ¾") finishing second.

Heath Koop won the javelin toss with a mark of 135' 3", despite a stiff breeze in the competitors' faces all day.

In the discus throw, unattached competitors took the top two slots. But McMurry's Paul Davis (164' 11") and Kevin Gosch (137' 5") were the top to collegiate placers.

In the women's competition, Tiana Alexander and Silvia Sillemon were second and third, respectively, in the overall standings, but the best college finishers. Alexander had a time of 12.08 seconds and Sillemon was across at 12.86.

It was much the same for Purity Hooper (25.06 seconds) in the 200 meters, where she was the top collegian and second overall. Jasmine Williams (1:00.93) and Shanita Coleman (1:01.45) were third and fourth in the 400-meter dash.

Sophomore Lauren Peery earned a second place in the 800 meters in a time of 2:31.83 minutes.

McMurry got a 1-2-3 sweep in the 100-meter hurdles. The trio was made up of Alexander (14.45), Brittany Liggins (15.50) and Tanesha Johnson (16.01). Liggins also won the 400-meter hurdles (1:05.74).

McMurry won both relays, as well.  In the 4x100, it was the foursome of Paradise Hooper, Coleman, Alexander and Purity Hooper carving out a time of 47.50 seconds.  In the 4x400, McM's quartet of Paradise Hooper, Purity Hooper Coleman and Liggins won with a time of 3:59.26 minutes.

Mariah Steinbock won the women's pole vault (10' 3 ¼"), with teammate Kelsee Ferguson second.  McM also went 1-2 in the triple jump, won by Alexander (37' 10 ¾') and followed by Coleman.

McMurry's women also flexed their muscle in the discus where – despite the head winds – the War Hawks got the Nos. 1-3 placers.  LaNissa Burns had a winning heave of 128' 11", with Destiny Kesee second at 126' 9".  Kim Martinez was third with a mark of 115' 11".

Information provided by McMurry athletics department.

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