BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Samford University's track and field team was in action once again at the Jaguar Invitational at the Birmingham Crossplex on Sunday.
Athletes from UAB, Alcorn State, Jackson State, Lee University, Louisiana Tech, Memphis, Mercer, Meridian Community College, Mississippi Valley, Southeastern Louisiana, South Alabama, and Texas State all competed during the meet.
Two student-athletes from Samford competed in the women's weight throw. Camille Caldwell finished fourth overall with a long distance of 17.95 meters while Tatiana Taylor finished 13th overall after throwing a long of 15.29 meters. Matt Cahoon finished 11th overall in the men's weight throw with a longest throw of 13.64 meters.
In the women's pole vault, three Bulldogs finished in the top four. Jackie Barnes, Jayme-Claire Eubanks and Amanda Dumar placed second, third, and fourth respectively. All had heights over three meters. Barnes finished with a final of 3.65 meters, Eubanks finished with a final of 3.20 meters and Dumar finished with a best of 3.05 meters. In the men's division of the pole vault, Hunter Schlatter finished tied for fifth with a height of 4.32 meters.
In the women's shot put, Maggie Johnston threw a long of 13.59 meters and placed fifth overall in the event. Taylor and Caldwell also competed and placed 10th and 13th, respectively, with throws of 12.66 meters and 10.90 meters, respectively. Cahoon competed in the men's shot put and finished 11th after throwing 13.76 meters.
In the high jump, Selena Popp and Charlotte Krause finished tied for eighth on the women's side. They both had a best height of 1.64 meters.
In the triple jump, Morayo Bhadmos placed second overall with a distance of 12.01 meters. Krause also competed and finished 10th with a distance of 10.76 meters. Ty Kimberlin placed fifth in the men's event with a 13.67 meter jump.
In the women's long jump event, three Bulldogs placed in the top 10. Erin Hines finished fifth after a 5.60-meter jump. Madeline Ballard finished behind her in sixth after turning in a distance of 5.49 meters and Caroline Huff finished 10th with a 5.13-meter distance. Justin Stuckey and Kimberlin finished second and third, respectively, in the men's long jump. Each had distances of over 6.50 meters. Stuckey had a distance of 6.72 and Kimberlin finished with a best of 6.69 meters. Titus Moore and Jon Waarvik also competed in the event for the Bulldogs finishing sixth and eighth, respectively.
Moore turned in a third-place finish for the Bulldogs in the men's 60-meter hurdles. He finished with an 8.40-second time in the event.
Hannah Lueders finished in the top three for the Bulldogs in the 200-meter dash for the second consecutive meet. Lueders finished third in 24.94 seconds. Vada Samuels finished 10th in the event with a time of 25.65 and Megan Meadow finished 24th overall with a time of 27.81 seconds. The men's division of the event had Emmanuel Tait take home seventh overall with a time of 22.09.
Carter Marchbanks and Mary Kellison Thorne ran the women's mile on Sunday. Thorne finished 10th overall after a time of 5:19.90 and Marchbanks finished 14th with an official time of 5:35.78. The men's mile saw Dillon Dean place in the top five after a 4:15.09 time that earned five points for Samford overall and a fourth-place finish in the event.
Samuels, Rachel Dixon, Lauren Beard and Morgan Hutchinson all competed for the Bulldogs in the women's 400-meter dash. Samuels finished 11th with a 58.85 second time and Dixon finished 15th with a 59.77-second time. Beard and Hutchinson finished 19th and 24th, respectively, with times of 1:00.90 and 1:04.58. Four Bulldogs competed in the finals of the men's 400-meter dash, with freshman Jordan Woodbine placing seventh with a 50.11 second time. Warren Fitzpatrick also competed and placed 11th after a 50.44 time. Jordan Oballe and Jake Diggs finished 13th and 14th, respectively, in the event.
Samford once again dominated the 800-meter run on the women's side. Shian Mallory and Mary Grace Strozier finished in first and second with times of 2:13.53 and 2:16.02. Lindsey Biggar also ran for the Bulldogs and placed seventh overall after a time of 2:24.35. The men's event saw success again from the Bulldogs. Ben Garner placed third after a time of 1:55.61. Owen Bailey placed sixth after completing the event in 1:57.17. Jake Maddox and Joyner Bousquet finished 10th and 11th after putting in sub-two-minute times as well. Maddox finished in 1:58.83 and Bousquet finished in 1:58.94. Samford's Seth Corey and Hunter Poole finished 14th and 15th after times of 1:59.62 and 2:00.20. Luke Dobbins and Will Nichols also placed 17th and 22nd overall. Dobbins turned in a time of 2:02.06 and Nichols finished in 2:03.47.
Anna Huntington and Hannah Belcher of Samford competed in the women's 3,000-meter run, both finishing in the top 10. Huntington finished with a 10:32.49 time, good enough for fourth overall. Belcher turned in a time of 11:33.16 and finished 10th overall.
The day ended with the women's and men's 4x400-meter relays. Samford women took home fourth place with a 3:55.96 time, while the men placed sixth with a time of 3:21.09.
The Bulldogs' track and field team is back in action on Friday, Feb. 8, when they host the Bulldog Invite at the Birmingham Crossplex again.