By Rochelle Black
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- In a rare Monday meet, the men and women of Shorter once again competed at the Birmingham Crossplex. This time, Emory University served as the host of the Emory Crossplex Invitational, welcoming teams from as far as Mississippi to compete.
Madison Sears, a product of Throw 1 Deep in Marietta, continued to rewrite the record books in her signature indoor event, the weight throw. This time, she three turned and released her 25 pound implement 43’7.75”, good enough for runner up honors.
Tamala Daley and Chelsey Thomas marked season best jumps in the long jump on the day. Daley’s 18’3” jump earned her second place, while Thomas’ 17’8” took third. Thomas also won the high jump, tying the school record once again, going 5’6”.
Allen Huntley’s antics in practice finally caught jump coach Tom Saint’s attention, and gave him a chance to show that he’s more than a sprinter. Huntley took his talents to the sand, and jumped an impressive 21’0.5”, taking third place. David Johnson three stepped 45’6.25” in the triple jump later in the day for second place.
The running events proved very successful for the Lady Hawks, as several season’s bests were established. Thomas (7.90), Jasmine Jackson (8.05), Alexis Smith (8.08), Zandra Lake (8.31) and Anelise Aldana (8.31) all stopped the clock at season’s best times in the 60m dash, showing that they’re rounding into form as nationals approaches.
Ayana Walker won both the 400m (56.41) and 200m (24.83) dashes, with Ashley Ballard trailing behind in second in the quarter mile race (57.04) and Lakeisha Spikes in the third position in the 200m (25.12). The trio tagged along with Daisy Helm to win the 4x400 relay in a season’s best 3:49.01.
Not to be outdone, the men were equally impressive, with Kirk Wilson (6.82) and Huntley (6.86) taking charge in the men’s 60m. Adika Smith (21.95) continued to drop his time in the 200m dash, while Cole Rice dipped below 50 in the 400m dash (49.59). Rice, Smith, Huntley, and Wilson teamed up for the mile relay, finishing in third place at 3:21.41.
The teams will have an off week, and will prepare for their final meet before the NCCAA National Championships. The meet, the Clemson Tiger Paw Invitational, will begin Friday, February 8, on the campus of Clemson University.