Track & Field posts high marks at Gem of the Hills Invitational

JACKSONVILLE, Ala.—The Birmingham-Southern track and field teams had several high finishes, including a first-place finish by freshman Tiarra Goode in the 100-meter hurdles, today at Jacksonville State's Gem of the Hills Invitational.

Goode recorded a time of 15.05 for her top finish in the 100m hurdles. Other impressive performances on the women's side were a fourth-place finish by sophomore Shelby Moore in the javelin (35.22m), a sixth-place finish by junior Sarah Sharman in the high jump (1.50m), a seventh-place finish by sophomore Jessica Thornton in the 800-meter run (2:23.79), and an eighth-place finish by senior Mary Elaine Williamson in the 1500-meter run (5:07.90).

On the men's side, sophomore Robert Willett placed second in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:56.54, and freshman Hank Ballard was second in the javelin with a distance of 50.11 meters. Junior Antonio Castanon also placed sixth in the discus with a throw of 38.24 meters, junior Mitch Swanson placed eighth in both the 400-meter run (51.12) and the long jump (6.40m), and BSC was seventh in the 4x400-meter relay with a time of 3:26.43. Senior Reed Kramer was ninth in the 1,500-meter run (4:28.25), freshman Christian Clesi was ninth in the 5K (17:14.94), and freshman Robb Johnson was ninth in the 400-meter hurdles (56.72).

"Our men and women had a good showing at the meet today," Head Coach Kenneth Cox said. "The weather held up after a windy start, which our athletes had to adjust to and remain focused on competing well and staying positive about their efforts."

The Panthers are at home next Saturday for the Hilltop Classic in Panther Stadium.