Eagles sprint to end of regular season

Robert Huitt

The Georgia Southern University track and field team made a return trip to Clemson, S.C. this weekend and competed in the Tiger Paw Invitational.

The Eagles began the indoor season in Clemson at the Orange and Purple Winter Classic in December and wrapped up the regular season at the same venue for this weekend’s tournament.

Freshman Keyanna Harris has been coming on strong lately for the Eagles in the high jump. She finished and tied for second with a jump of 1.65m, and she broke her personal record that she set last week at the Hilton Garden Invitational.

“We’re going to need (Keyanna) to do well at championships for us. We know what she’s capable of doing, just having her put everything together this weekend at the right time was really good for her,” head coach Marlo Mincey said.

Senior Amber Vaughn also competed in the high jump and jumped 1.55m, tying her best that she set earlier this season.

In the 5,000-meter run, junior Sara Curry crossed the finish line in ninth place after a time of 19:07.53.

In the long jump, sophomore Jasmine Walker’s jump of 5.27m was good enough for 12th.

Sophomore Kimberly Thomas and freshman Alyssa Felton set personal bests in the 200-meter run. Thomas and Felton had final times of 25.51 (seventh) and 25.62 (11th), respectively.

Both times were impressive, and rank in the team’s top-five results for the event this season.

Juniors Deanna and Dana Edwards finished 20th and 21st in the 400-meter run. Deanna had a time of 59.96, and Dana followed closely behind at 1:00.23.

With this tournament behind them, the Eagles now turn their attention to the Southern Conference Indoor Championships on Feb.23-24 in Winston Salem, N.C.

Mincey and her team plan on taking full advantage of the extra week to prepare.

“We’re going to train, get some race strategy down, do some race rhythm stuff at practice so we can feel what the intensity is going to be like. We’re not going to really be able to simulate that, but we’re going to do our best at practice,” Mincey said.

Mincey said that every event will be important for the indoor championships.

Mincey said, “This year I think it’s going to take an all-around effort from every event, from the 60 (meter dash), to the shot, all the way to the 400 (meter run).”