JONESBORO — The University of Central Arkansas track and field teams combined to break seven school records and had 14 qualifiers for the Southland Conference Championships at the Arkansas State University Invitational on Saturday.
Sophomore Daniel Reese placed second and broke his own record in the pole vault at 15- 3 1/2. Senior Donavan Loring won the triple jump with a qualifying mark of 48-0.
Juniors Bobby Washington and James Anderson took second and third place, respectively, with qualifying heights in the high jump. Washington leaped 6-8 and Anderson cleared 6-6. Junior Jarson Criswell qualified in the long jump with a fourth place finish at 23-1 3/4. Senior Logan Dockery also qualified in the 5,000 meters by placing 11th in 16:22.80.
Sage Raphael, Trevor Peacock, Demarcus Harrison and Courtney Houff placed third in the 4x400 meter relay in 3:21.58. Harrison also took fifth in the 55 meter hurdles in 7.86 seconds.
Other top finishers for the Bears included — Raphael in the 200 meters (7th, 22.85 seconds), Michael Allen in the 800 meters (7th, 2:01.69), Jeremiah Fleeman in the mile (95th, 4:34.49), Criswell in the 55 meters (13th, 6.70) and Peacock in the 400 meters (14th).
For the women, sophomore Courtney Efurd qualified in the 800 meters (3rd, 2:21.16) and the mile (5th, 5:11.40). Joining Efurd in qualifying for the mile was freshman Kayla Nehus, who placed sixth in 5:12.82. Sophomore Elizabeth Craig broke the school record in the 5,000 meters and qualified for the SLC Championships by placing eighth in 19:45.33.
Sophomore Tasha Bryles also broke a school record and qualified in the shot put with a sixth place toss of 40-11 3/4. Sophomore Mackenzie Johnson broke the school record and took ninth in the weight throw at 41-11 1/4.
Sophomore April Martin and freshman Anilah Bashir both qualified in the triple jump. Martin placed eighth at 35-1 1/4 and Bashir was 11th at 34-9 3/4. Sophomore Jessica Potter qualified in the high jump by clearing 5-1 1/4 and placing fifth.
Freshman Tanesha Maxwell set two school sprinting records. The Tampa, Fla., native placed fifth in the 55 meters in 7.25 sec. and was 11th in the 200 meter dash in 26.21 sec. Sophomore Jasmine Ellis broke the school record by placing fifth in the 55 meter hurdles at 8.492 sec.
Other top finishers for the Sugar Bears included — McKinley Rea of Conway in the pole vault (8th, 9-8 1/2), Jasmine Johnson in the 400 meters (16th, 1:02.69) and Mallory Muckensturm in the long jump (8th, 12-9 1/2). Ellis, Jasmine Johnson, Jasmine Coleman and Jordan Chadwick placed eighth in the 4x400 meter relay in 4:12.71.
The teams will be back in action on Feb. 4-5 at the Southern Illinois McDonald’s Invitational in Carbondale, Ill.