Hello Shocker Track Backers!
*SHOCKER MEN BRING HOME TROPHY FROM AAC CHAMPIONSHIPS!*
It was a very exciting weekend of track and field in Birmingham, Alabama, and Wichita State came home with the 2nd place trophy on the men’s side! #4 ranked Houston won the men’s meet with WSU edging out Memphis by one point for the runner-up spot. It was an extremely gutty performance for our men’s team, which had been hampered with several injuries throughout the indoor season. But they came through when it mattered and won the first trophy for WSU in T&F since we joined the conference last year. Seniors Zack Penrod and Jared Belardo led the way scoring 16 and 14 points, respectively, while classmate Ben Johnson put together a historic competition in the Heptathlon. Johnson scored 5705 points to win the meet, break the meet record, moved to #2 in WSU history and currently ranks #9 in the NCAA (see NCAA section below). Penrod won the Mile for the 2nd year in a row and then came back to pick up 3rd in the 800m (new career best 1:50.50) shortly after. Belardo was 2nd in the Triple Jump (15.58m/51-5.5) and 3rd in the Long Jump (7.48m/24-6.5). Other athletes who earned all-conference honors in individual events were senior Hayden Bugner (2nd PV 5.03m/16-6), junior Cory Martens (2nd WT 19.97m/65-6.25) and sophomores Rayvon Allen (2nd LJ 7.57m/24-10) and Jake Horsch (3rd Hept 5338). Allen earned another league honor by finishing 3rd in the 4×4 with senior Kaden Griffin, junior Austin Corley and sophomore Adam Gauzy. There were lots of great performances, make sure to check out the results in the links section and the attached meet recap for all the stats!
**WSU WOMEN FINISH A CLOSE 3RD**
Even though the Shocker women didn’t bring home a trophy, they competed very well to get 3rd place in a meet that was very close for all the top teams. Houston pulled out a narrow victory over Cincinnati (98-94.5) with WSU only 14 point back. Going into the meet we had our women charted for 71 points and 5th place so it definitely was a great effort all-around. Junior Rebekah Topham had an incredible meet, winning the Mile, 3000m and bringing the Distance Medley Relay team from way back to win as well. For her efforts she was named the MVP of the meet! Sophomore Winny Koskei won the 5000m (16:23.64) and came back to place 3rd in the 3000m the next day. Three other athletes earned all-conference honors by placing 3rd in their events. They were senior Kelsey Slawson (SP 15.68m/51-5.5), junior Claudia Rojo (Pent 3749) and freshman Sidney Sapp (HJ 1.73m/5-8). The women put up 8 new all-time WSU top-10 marks as well. While many of the afore mentioned upperclassmen led the way, 9 of the 14 individual scoring places were by freshmen and sophomores. Great job ladies! And like I mentioned above, make sure to check out the results in the links section and the attached meet recap for all the stats!
***WATCH THE AAC REPLAY ONLINE, CHECK OUT TONS OF PHOTOS TOO***
You can watch the replay of the meet on the American Digital Network on YouTube and make sure to check out photos taken by GoShockers.com and Shocker Track Backers (check the links section below). There were so many great memories made this weekend and we’re lucky to have such great coverage by everyone involved! Thank you!
****UP NEXT – NCAA INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS****
Senior Ben Johnson will be making his first trip to the NCAA Championships in two weeks right back in Birmingham, Alabama. Currently he is ranked #9 in the country (there are a couple meets still finishing up today). He appears to be the only Shocker qualifying this year. The next closest is freshman Sidney Sapp who is #20 in the High Jump (top-16 qualify). Next week I will give an update with a more complete summary of where our athletes sit nationally when all the conference results and stats are in.
*****2019 INDOOR SCHEDULE — OVERVIEW OF REMAINING COMPETITIONS*****
– Mar 8-9 … NCAA Championships … Birmingham, AL … Ben Johnson will make the return trip to Birmingham in two weeks for the national championships. Only the top-16 athletes in the nation in each event qualify to the NCAA Indoor Championships.
–AAC results (TFRRS) – https://www.tfrrs.org/results/58710/The_American_Indoor_Track_&_Field_Championships/
–AAC Saturday recap (GoShockers) – https://goshockers.com/news/2019/2/23/track-and-field-men-finish-second-topham-earns-mvp.aspx?path=track
–AAC Friday recap (GoShockers) – https://goshockers.com/news/2019/2/21/track-and-field-shockers-travel-to-alabama-for-aac-championships.aspx
–AAC video replay Saturday (ADN) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLlo-UABDI4&t=
–AAC video replay Friday (ADN) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9hyFuKO24BM
–AAC Photo Gallery (GoShockers) – https://goshockers.com/galleries/?path=TRACK
–AAC Photo Gallery (Shocker Track Backers) – https://shockertrack.smugmug.com/
–NCAA and American Conference performance list (TFRRS) – https://www.tfrrs.org/indoor_lists.html
–Shocker Prelude video replay (WSUtv) – https://livestream.com/wsuathletics/events/8525998
–Shocker Track Club – http://www.shockertrackclub.com/
–Collegiate Track & Field Conference scoring projector – http://www.cloudtrainingsystems.com/meetscorer
John Wise, Wichita State T&F
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