Panthers post impressive performances at Emory Track & Field Invitational

Panthers post impressive performances at Emory Track & Field Invitational

ATLANTA—The Birmingham-Southern men's 4x400-meter relay team finished first and broke the program record, and many other athletes turned in top finishes and impressive times this weekend at the Emory Invitational.

The relay team won in the field of 15 teams with a time of 3:19.43.

Sophomore Tiarra Goode, who won the 60-meter indoor hurdles national title on March 10, won the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.51. She was also second in the 100-meter dash (12.15) and third in the 200-meter run (25.44).

Junior Jessica Thornton, who was recently named NCAA Division III Indoor Track All-American, won the 800-meter run with a time of 2:12.27, and was fourth in the 1,500-meter run (4:35.15).

Junior Shelby Moore also won the women's javelin throw with a distance of 35.93 meters.

On the men's side, sophomore Hank Ballard also won the javelin throw with a mark of 55.88 meters, and was fourth in the pole vault (4.10m). Junior Colin Perry was sixth in the pole vault as well.

NCAA Division III Indoor All-American Robert Willett finished second in both the 800-meter (1:52.28) and 1,500-meter (3:57.52) runs. Sophomore Christian Willis was fourth in the 400-meter run with a time of 50.03.

"We had a number of great performances that our coaching staff is very proud of from this meet," Head Coach Kenneth Cox said. "After a few days off during spring break, our teams competed well throughout the course of the two-day meet.

"There were personal records and national top performances from our men and women, and during this time of year we are excited about the positive momentum."

The Panthers will travel to Mobile this weekend for the Jaguar Invitational, hosted by Southern Alabama.