Sprinters Lead Day One at Douglas Raymond Invitational
Kent, OH. – The Douglas Raymond Invitational opened up on Friday and the Wheeling University Track & Field team began competition. Many of their sprinters took to the track in their respective events and represented their team well. The Cardinals had two top 10 finishers in their events and many set new PRs in their respective events.
Leading the way once again was sophomore Jabez Reeves, who once again put his name in the Wheeling record books. He tied the school record in the 200-meter dash, finishing second with a time of 21.69. He was .24 seconds off the pace of the winner as Reeves was one of two top ten finishers in the event. Jacob Pielech came in ninth with a new PR of 22.50 and TJ Tindal rounded out the field for Wheeling running a 22.67. On the women's side, Wheeling had two competitors in the 200-meter with Susan Trammel and Heaven Jackson competing. Trammel led the way running a 26.14 (25th) and Jackson finished with a 26.66 (38th). The 200-meter played big for both teams on the day.
After getting his first win of the season last time out Julian Griffin was back at it again in the 60-meter Hurdle. He finished third in the event with a time of 8.35 finishing just off the pace he set last week. No one on the women's side qualified for the finals of the 60-meter but Wheeling had three competitors. Isha Sesay once again led the way running a 9.11 and finishing 17th overall, finishing .02 seconds faster than last week. Jenay Soumharo and Tara Perry rounded out the field finishing with times of 9.30 (21st) and 9.37 (23rd). That wrapped up Wheeling's day on the track as things moved over to the field events.
Here, Wheeling's jumpers and Pole Vaulters competed on day one taking themselves to new heights. The Long Jumpers on both teams led the way with career nights on each side. Perry competed for the women and moved into the top 10 all-time at Wheeling with a distance of 4.95 meters, good for 33rd in the field. Keala McCurry was the other women's field athlete to compete, finishing 11th in the pole vault with a height of 3.34 meters. In the men's long jump, two jumpers finished in the top 10 in what was the last event of the day. Brian Vandusen finished third in the field at 6.90 meters and Elijah Young came in right behind him with a distance of 6.80 meters.
Day 2 of the Douglas Raymond Invitational is set to kick off at 10:30 AM with the field events, followed by the track events at 11:30 AM.