Women finish first, men second at Hilltop Twilight Classic

Jamal Watkins (photo by Jimmy Mitchell)
Jamal Watkins (photo by Jimmy Mitchell)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—The Birmingham-Southern women's track and field team placed first, and the men were second, Friday evening at the Hilltop Twilight Classic, hosted by the Panthers in Krulak Stadium.

The women had a team score of 151.50, finishing first in the field of five teams, beating second-place UAH by just 1.50 points. The men placed second with a score of 195.50, with UAH edging the Panthers for first by 1.50 points.

On the men's side, BSC had five first-place individual finishes. Junior Scott Lewis won the long jump with a mark of 6.49 meters, freshman Cameron Luster won the triple jump with a distance of 14.45 meters, freshman Garrett Talley won the 800-meter run with a time of 1:57.68, and sophomore Jamal Watkins won the 100-meter dash with a meet-record time of 10.70 seconds. The 4x400-meter relay squad also took first place.

Watkins also beat the meet record in the 200-meter dash, placing second with a time of 21.64 seconds. Freshman Javon Jones finished second in the long jump (5.99m) and third in the triple jump (12.37m), sophomore Michael Snow was second in the shot put (13.61m), junior Chris Roberts was second in the 5K (15:59.07), and freshman Kameren Morgan was second in the hammer throw (46.67m).

For the women, sophomore Sage Jordan won the 400-meter dash with a time of 58.92 seconds, setting a new meet record. Junior Elise Pittman was second in the 800-meter run (2:26.96), and sophomore Earen Robinson was second in the hammer throw (45.13m) and fourth in the discus (36.08m).

"This was a great effort by our teams today," Head Coach Kenneth Cox said. "Everyone was dialed in and ready to compete which is extremely important at this time of the season. We are just a few weeks away from SAA Championship, and still have work to do before the championship meet."

The Panthers travel to Rome, Ga., next Saturday, April 9, for the Berry College Invitational.