Hilltoppers win three event titles at different meets

Junior Getter Lemberg makes a run to pole vault at the Hilltopper Relay event took place on Friday, April 6 at the Charles M. Rueter Track and Field Complex. The Hilltopper athletes tied or bested 20 personal records. Lemberg placed 7th.

Tory Bowling

WKU track and field went two separate ways over the weekend, sending athletes to the Mount Sac Relays in California while some were at the Georgia Tech Invitational in Atlanta. Between the two events, they pulled 15 top-10 finishes, including three first-place finishes and eight personal records.

“We had a good weekend at both meets,” head coach Erik Jenkins said in a press release. “Several personal bests were achieved at Georgia Tech, and we had a good showing at Mount SAC.”

WKU had eight top-10 finishes at the Mount Sac Relays, including a first-place finish from the 4×100-meter relay team. The team clocked a time of 39.92 seconds, a season best for the squad. WKU also got a sixth-place finish from one of its 4×400 relay teams with a time of 3:08.74.

Last week’s Conference USA Men’s Track Athlete of the Week Austin Hayes came in sixth in the 400 with a personal-best time of 47.55 seconds. Junior Kymari Gates finished eighth in the race with a time of 47.65 seconds. Hayes also finished eighth in the 200 dash with a time of 21.76 seconds.

Senior Eli Minor barely missed a personal record in the 100 dash, as he finished fourth with a time of 10.38 seconds. Junior Maor Seged placed sixth in the 400 hurdles, clocking a time of 52.06 seconds, while senior Jonathan Hayden finished tenth with a time of 53.12 seconds.

At the Georgia Tech Invitational, two Lady Toppers earned top marks in their respective events, along with WKU pulling in seven top-10 finishes. Senior Ariel Terrell earned first place in the 400 hurdles as she competed in her hometown of Atlanta. It was the third weekend in a row that Terrell took first place in the 400 hurdles. She also set a new personal best as she ran a time of 59.02 seconds.

Sophomore Brianna Eskridge placed first in the triple jump, as she had a high mark of 12.46 meters. She also placed second in the high jump with a height of 1.68 meters. Both marks were personal bests for Eskridge.

Junior Getter Lemberg and freshman Nicole Ogorek placed fourth and fifth in the pole vault after both Lady Toppers marked a height of 3.74 meters. Junior Juannae Lewis placed fifth in the 400 dash with a personal best of 53.62 seconds.

Hilltopper sophomore Taylor Scarbrough finished tenth in the 500 with a personal record of 14:49.33.

WKU track and field will head up I-65 this weekend for the Lenny Lyles/Clark Wood Invitational in Louisville. WKU took home seven event titles at last year’s Lenny Lyles/Clark Wood Invitational. Khadijah Valentine led the way with two of those titles in the 100 and 200 dashes, and Hayden won the 110 hurdles with a time of 14.30 seconds.

This will be WKU’s last meet of the regular season, as the program does not have another meet scheduled until the C-USA Championships, which will begin May 10.

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