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Track and Field excel at Indiana University’s Gladstein Invite


Matt Green

Guest writer

The men and women’s track and field teams traveled to Bloomington, Indiana recently to   compete in the Gladstein Invitational hosted by Indiana University. The Hawks and Lady Hawks continued preparations for the NAIA Indoor Track and Field   National Championships that will commence in a little over a month.

Once again, Shorter’s student-athletes   showed progress while competing against a host of NCAA Division I schools   that included names such as Oklahoma, Memphis, Southern Illinois, Louisville,   Xavier and Butler, among others. Shorter’s women excelled throughout the   competition.

In the 60 meter dash, Lakeisha Spikes and Brittany   Sewell qualified for the NAIA National Championships with respective times of   7.81 and 7.83. Spikes also competed in the open 200 meter dash and finished   fourth in 25.72 to qualify for nationals. Ashley Ballard ran in the invite   200 meter dash and represented Shorter well, placing 6th in a time of 25.28.

  Decorated Shorter All-American Ashlie   Stewartson paced the Lady Hawks in the 400 meters, finishing seventh overall   in 58.41. Ayana Walker (58.49) placed ninth, Tia Moreland (1:00.86) finished   19th and Dominique Hoskins (1:01.13) crossed the line in 20th.     In the 600 meter run, Kennisha Holden   and Mia Jones both broke a three-year-old school record formerly held by   Moreland. Holden ran 1:38.38 to qualify for nationals and finish second   overall while Jones narrowly missed out a nationals berth, but finished   fourth in a time of 1:38.84.In the field events, Kennisha’s sister, Porsche Holden, went ninth in the   long jump with a leap of 17 feet, 5.5 inches. Chelsea Overby enjoyed a record   weekend for the Lady Hawks, posting a new personal record in the shot and   finishing 28th with a throw of 38 feet, 2.75 inches. She then established   Shorter’s first record in the weight throw, throwing 39 feet, 3.25 inches.

Bradley Moon set a personal record of   7.0 seconds in the 60 meter dash to finish 13th. Adika Smith won the open 200   meter dash in a time of 22.14.

The Hawks   went 1-2 in the invite 200, as Randy Dameron scored the victory in 48.49 with   Malik Fair coming in as runner-up in a time of 49.24. Shorter also went 1-2   in the open 400 meters with Cole Rice taking first in 50.02 and Terence   Scruggs finishing second in 50.17.

In the 4×400 meter relay, Shorter’s team   of Dameron, Scruggs, Rice and Fair placed third and qualified for NAIA   nationals in a time of 3:16.74.

Finally, Sadrac Cherfils continued to   impress in the jumps, this time bettering his national ranking in the triple   jump with a school record leap of 47 feet, 11.75 inches.