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Thornton, Willett win at Vulcan Indoor Invitational

Jessica Thornton & Robert Willett
Jessica Thornton & Robert Willett

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Juniors Jessica Thornton and Robert Willett turned in impressive performances this weekend at the Vulcan Indoor Track & Field Invitational, co-hosted by Birmingham-Southern at the Birmingham CrossPlex.

Willett won the 800-meter run with a tiem of 1:51.23, which was a personal record and a CrossPlex facility record. He now ranks second in the nation in that event. Willett also produced a PR in the mile run on Friday evening, finishing 16th with a time of 4:23.07.

Thornton won the 800-meter run with a time of 2:13.49, setting a new indoor PR and putting her at seventh in the nation. She also finished 12th in the mile run in the field of runners from across all divisions, including Division I.

Sophomore Andrew Archer finished 19th overall and recorded the top Division III finish in the 400-meters with a time of 50.12 which was a season best. Junior Andy Clack finished 26th overall with an indoor personal record of 50.90. Sophomore Hank Ballard finished 13th overall in the pole vault.

Sophomore Tiarra Goode placed 16th in the 60-meter dash and was the only Division III athlete among the field of other collegians and elite sprinters. She also competed in the 60-meter hurdles. Goode now ranks seventh in the nation in the 60m and fifth in the 60m hurdles.

"Our men and women that competed this weekend really stepped up and rose to the occasion," Head Coach Kenneth Cox said. "Throughout the weekend's performances, we had over 10 personal records posted among some amazing talent within all fields. The way we continued to press on and focus on giving our all, we proved that we can compete at a top level.

"We are less than a month away from the conclusion of the indoor season, and we have had four national qualifying performances that we are excited about building upon! I am very proud of our student-athletes and our coaching staff."