WKU wins five events and earns 25 top-five finishes in Hilltopper Relays


Arthur H. Trickett-Wile

Sophomore Cedric Johnson competes in triple-jump during day two of the Hilltopper Relays Saturday, April 2, 2022 at the Charles M. Ruter Track and Field Complex in Bowling Green, Kentucky on the Western Kentucky University campus.

Wyatt Sparkman, Sports Editor

WKU Track and Field earned 25 top-five finishes and five event wins on its Senior Day Saturday at the Hilltopper Relays. 

Junior Devon Montgomery won the men’s pole vault by clearing 4.75m. The junior set a personal best and tied the second-best outdoor mark in program history. The height was the highest by a Hilltopper since 1976. 

Senior Dedrick Troxell took home wins in the 800 and the 5k. Senior Clint Sherman finished second in the 800 and 5k while freshman Keegan Barnette placed third in the 5k, giving WKU all the podium spots for the 5k. 

Fifth-year senior Savannah Heckman won the women’s 1500m with a personal best time of 4:33.32, while sophomore Lucy Rutherford finished in fourth with her personal best of 4:39.11. 

In women’s throws, freshman Ajla Basic won the hammer throw with a 58.63m throw while freshman Aitana Safont Falomir finished third with a 56.72m throw. Both throws were personal records. 

Sophomore Kaison Barton scored a personal best in the men’s shot put with a throw of 17.02m unattached from the Hilltoppers. The throw beat his Conference USA second-best throw in 2021. 

Up next, WKU will be in Birmingham, Ala., for the UAB Green and Gold invite April 8-9.

Sports Editor Wyatt Sparkman can be reached at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter @wyattsparkman3.