Hilltoppers compete with over 90 schools at Pepsi Florida Relays

Ashland junior Morgan McIntyre competes in the pole vault during the Topper Relays on Friday, April 7, 2017 at the Charles M. Rueter Track and Field Complex.

Tory Bowling

The WKU track and field team had another strong showing this weekend at the Pepsi Florida Relays in Gainesville, Florida.

The competition was tough, with over 90 collegiate teams and seven teams ranked on both the men’s and women’s sides.

Senior Desmond Mobley highlighted the weekend for the Hilltoppers as he finished third in the long jump with a jump of 7.57 meters. The men’s 4×400-meter relay team finished fourth with a time of 3:07.10, which was a nearly five-second improvement from the preliminaries. Juniors Austin Hayes, Kymari Gates and Will Bush ran the relay for the Hilltoppers along with freshman David Surani.


Seniors Ariel Terrell and Morgan McIntyre led the Lady Toppers with a couple of ninth place finishes. Terrell placed ninth in the 400 hurdles with a time of a minute and 66 tenths of a second, and McIntyre posted a ninth-place finish in pole vault with a height of 3.80 meters.

Other notable WKU performances included an eight-place finish for senior Julius Morris in the 100-meter dash at 10.44 seconds. The 4×100-meter men’s relay team took home an 11th place finish with a time of 40.06 seconds. Mobley recorded a height of 2.01 meters in the high jump Saturday afternoon. In all, WKU would have eight top-15 finishes for the weekend.

WKU will now prepare to host the Hilltopper Relays in Bowling Green on Friday and Saturday.

Reporter Tory Bowling can be reached at 270-745-6291 and [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter at @Tory_Bowling24.