By Rochelle Black
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Hawks of Shorter travelled up to Big Ten Country, competing in the Gladstein Invitational this weekend at Indiana University. Competing against host team Indiana, as well as Louisville and The Ohio State University, Scott Byrd's team continued to make strides towards yet another successful season.
Chelsey Thomas, a transfer from Auburn University, took to the track first for the Lady Hawks, completing the grueling five event pentathlon. Her point total of 3172 ranks her second all-time to only recent Shorter graduate Mariah Freeman. Her high jump mark of 5'6" tied the school record.
Tamala Daley highlighted the women's field events, winning the triple jump. A simple hop, step, and jump of 39' 7.75" bested the field by over four inches. Anelise Aldana (35'5.25") was good enough for 11th place for the Guatemalan freshman.
Daley doubled at the meet, competing in the 60m hurdles for the second time this season. Her preliminary mark (9.15) pushed her into the finals. She was, however, unable to improve on her time, as she crossed the tape in 9.22.
Ayana Walker, school record holder in the women's 400, claimed 3rd in her signature event. Racing against Olympic gold Medalist Mary Wineberg, Walker raced to a 56.05 finish. Daisy Helm (57.92) and Ashley Ballard (58.40) gave the Lady Hawks three ladies under 60 seconds in the quarter mile.
Walker and Ballard dropped to the 200m dash, joining Lakeisha Spikes, to complete their day. Walker powered through the one lap race in 25.08, besting Ballard (25.22) and Spikes (25.46).
David Johnson, one of the newest members of the Shorter team, had a successful debut. The Virginia native excelled in his specialty, the triple jump, going 46'6.75" besting teammate Kedemah Howard's 46'0.5".
Adika Smith, in his first race of the 2013 year, tore through his spikes in the men's 200m dash, stopping the clock in 21.97 seconds, earning him 3rd overall. Kirk Wilson (22.12) in his first 200 showed that he isn't just a football player.
Derek Thomas improved his 800m time tremendously, coming through in 2:00.18. Just missing the sub-2 minute barrier, he takes comfort in the fact that his time qualified for the NCCAA national championships held next month.
The teams take an extended break from the meets and compete next on January 28th at the Emory Crossplex Invitational. Untraditionally held on a Monday, this meet will begin at 9am and run throughout the day.