Throwers shine and sprinters dash at Indiana Relays

Jonah Phillips

The WKU men’s and women’s track and field teams walked away from the multi-day Indiana Relays this weekend in Bloomington, Ind., with two wins and two school records, highlighted by an impressive showing from the Topper sprinters and a record setting weekend for senior thrower Jessica Ramsey.

Topper sprinters sophomore Ja’Karyus Redwine and senior Chris Chamness emerged victorious in their respective races.

Redwine took the 200-meter dash with a time of 22:06. This finish marked the first career individual win for Redwine at WKU.

Chamness also nabbed his first career individual win this weekend, grabbing gold in the 400-meter dash with a time of 49:07.

With the conference championships only two weeks away, the Topper sprinters certainly made strides toward their goals. However, the show was stolen by the Topper throwing team, led by senior Jessica Ramsey.

On Friday night, Ramsey heaved the weight 66-feet-9 ¾ inches to break the school record she set last week at the Vanderbilt Indoor Invitational. Ramsey’s clip at the Indiana Relays ranks 14th in the NCAA this season.

Ramsey didn’t stop there, beating her own school record in the shot put as well. Ramsey launched the shot put 53-feet-9 ¼ inches on Saturday to set her own as well as WKU’s new record, a mark that ranks 15th in the NCAA this season.

“We are really coming together as a team,” Ramsey said. “We are constantly motivating each other and giving each other strength.”

Both of her marks in the weight throw and the shot put earned her third-place honors amongst the highly competitive field.

Junior thrower Travis Gerding also had a solid day throwing the weight, recording a season-best clip of 59-feet-11 inches to capture fifth-place accolades. Gerding’s toss ranks fifth among Sun Belt Conference throwers this season. Next up for WKU is the Meyo Invitational, where the team will enter Notre Dame’s home turf in South Bend, Ind.

“We did all the heavy lifting in the fall months,” head coach Erik Jenkins said, “We have to stay disciplined, healthy and humble.  We’re definitely moving in the right direction as a program.”