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Track & Field posts strong showing at Birmingham Indoor Invitational

Jessica Thornton & Robert Willett
Jessica Thornton & Robert Willett

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—The Birmingham-Southern track and field teams co-hosted the Birmingham Indoor Invitational this week at the Birmingham CrossPlex.

The Panthers' performances were highlighted by a 5:07.96 performance in the mile run by junior Jessica Thornton, where she placed 10th in a field of 41 runners from all divisions - including several major Division I schools.

Additionally, the men's mile relay, made up of junior Mitch Swanson, sophomore Andy Clack, junior Robert Willet, and freshman Andrew Archer, broke the school indoor record with their time of 3:22.8.

Willett also placed fourth in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:54.93, and Archer finished fifth in the 400-meter dash with a time of 50.24 seconds. Sophomore Colin Perry also placed eighth in the pole vault heptathlon (3.75 meters) and ninth in the 1K heptathlon (3:03.08).

"It was a great meet and we are happy that so many competitive teams across the region were able to attend," Head Coach Kenneth Cox said. "Our men's and women's teams had a chance to start the 2012 year off in a great environment, and it resulted in some impressive times.

"Having our athletes produce career bests during the month of January is encouraging and gives us great momentum as we look toward going on the road to compete next week," Cox continued. "Overall I was pleased with the way we came out to compete and it showed in the results."

The Panthers travel to Sewanee, Tenn., next weekend for the Tiger Indoor Invitational, Feb. 5.