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Jags win 21 events, place 3 records at Jaguar Open

(IMG:WPMI){ }Jags win 21 events, place 3 records at Jaguar Open

According to The University of South Alabama, outdoor track & field teams won a total of 21 events and had three student-athletes – Michella Obijuaka (hammer), Angeline Smit (discus and shot put) and Hanna-Mai Vaikla (javelin) – place their names in the Jaguar record books as they hosted the Jaguar Opener Friday and Saturday at Jaguar Track.


Men's Field Events

-Sean Collins returned to competition and won the men's pole vault event Friday with a mark of 5.25m (17-02.75). Niel Giliomee placed second in the event with a 5.15m (16-10.75) effort. Chris Taylor took third place with a career-best 4.85m (15-11.00) height, beating his previous 4.80m (15-08.75) mark set at last year's Jaguar Opener.

-Sam Brown claimed second place in the men's long jump with a 6.26m (20-06.50) mark. Keith Davis placed third with a distance of 6.03m (19-09.50).

-Thaddeus Porter completed the men's triple jump with a 13.11m (43-00.25) mark.

-The Boyd twins placed second and third in the men's shot put. Thomas Boyd recorded a distance of 15.43m (50-07.50), placing second in the event and clearing last year's Jaguar Opener mark of 14.83m (48-07.75). Ethan Boyd's 14.01m (45-11.75) mark earned him third place in his first time competing in the event.

-Jobi Finau took third place in the men's discus event with a 48.87m (160-04.25) throw.

-Ethan Boyd was the runner-up in the men's hammer event with a 57.64m (189-01.50) mark. Andrew Allen placed third in the event with a career-high 57.33m (188-01.25) effort, retaining his 10th-place spot in the all-time Jaguar records.

Women's Field Events

-Autavia Fluker recorded a 14.10m (46-03.25) distance in the women's shot put event to take first place. Smit entered the all-time USA record books at eighth with a second-place, 13.63m (44-08.75) effort. Obijuaka placed third with a distance of 13.56m (44-06.00).

-Fluker also took the top spot in the women's hammer event with a 52.61m (172-07.50) mark. Obijuaka's second-place, career-best 51.98m (170-06.75) effort landed her at sixth in the all-time Jaguar rankings. Jessie Droogsma placed third with a 48.95m (160-07.50) mark.

-Smit recorded a 46.00m (150-11.25) mark in the discus to win the event and claim fifth place in the Jaguar record books. Droogsma placed third in the event with a mark of 42.91m (140-09.75).

-Taylor Dames moved from third to second in the all-time Jaguar standings with a first-place, personal-best 1.78m (5-10.00) mark in the women's high jump.

-Jordan Friz posted a mark of 3.81m (12-05.75) to place second in the pole vault event. Caitlyn Dressler and Megan James each posted 3.66m (12-00.00) marks to finish third and fourth, respectively.

-Elysa Griffin secured the long jump event with a mark of 5.55m (18-02.50). Sheldonna Chappell posted a 5.04m (16-06.50) mark to claim second place.

-Jazmyne Tabb won the triple jump with a 10.96m (35-11.50) mark, while Darnesha Harris claimed second place with a 10.41m (34-02.00) effort.

-Jaguars claimed the top three spots in the women's javelin event Friday. Vaikla won the event and entered the all-time Jaguar standings with a 46.51m (152-07.25) effort. Jessica Matthews threw for 40.60m (133-02.75) and Halee Thomas threw for 38.30m (125-08.25) to place second and third, respectively.

Men's Running Events

-Alex Elam and Davis ran the men's 100m event in 10.86 seconds – a personal-best for Davis – on the way to first- and second-place finishes. Javen Jackson placed third with a time of 11.22 seconds.

-Dylan Pausic recorded a time of 4:10.69 to win the men's 1,500m event.

-Philip Friedlander placed second in the 3,000m run with a time of 9:22.09.

-Jacob Johnson and Hunter Peters placed first and second, respectively, in both the men's 110m hurdles and 400m hurdles. Johnson ran the two events with times of 16.44 seconds (110m) and 55.35 seconds (400m). Peters recorded times of 20.14 seconds (110m) and 1:04.06 (400m).

-South Alabama's Davis, Jackson, Pausic, and DJ Taylor completed the men's 1,600m sprint medley relay with a time of 3:44.77.

Women's Running Events

-In her first time running the event, Cierra Hedrick won the 100m dash with a time of 12.14 seconds. Sheldonna Chappell posted a time of 13.17 seconds and placed third.

-Dames claimed a second victory in the 100m hurdles event with a time of 14.97 seconds. Tabb (15.20), Olivia Swan (15.31) and Harris (15.59) placed second through fourth, respectively.

-Brianna Hamilton captured the 300m event, posting a time of 41.94 seconds.

-Cindy Von Ahlefeldt placed first in the 600m dash with a time of 1:39.96.

-Nicole Van Der Merwe posted a time of 5:11.92 to win the 1,500m run.

-Swan recorded a career-low 1:04.71 to win the women's 400m hurdles event and keep her tenth-place designation in the all-time USA standings. Harris ran the event in 1:04.98 to claim the runner-up position.

-USA won the 4 x 100m relay and the 1,600m sprint medley relay with respective times of 47.00 and 4:15.58.


USA Track & Field returns to action March 16-17 as it hosts the Jaguar Classic in Mobile, Ala.


On the first meet of the outdoor season "It was a good place to start. It was a good starting meet for us. We opened up the season and knocked off some rust. It was good for some of our younger athletes to get some competition experience. Overall, I think it was a good start. We just have to get better and build each week."

On individual performances which stood out "We had some good performances Angeline Smit in the discus, Taylor Dames in the high jump. It was great to see Sean Collins back. There were some others as well."

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