Hard work is showing off for track and field

Robert George

Georgia Southern started the track and field season well yesterday as two Eagles won their events at the Bob Pollock Invitational at the Clemson Indoor Track and Field Complex.

Kelsey Arnold won her second consecutive weight throw with a distance of 16.18m.  Stephanne Henzler also finished top five in the event with a throw of 15.21m.

“Kelsey has really stepped up to show leadership on the team,” said head coach Kelly Carter. “She has been working hard with coach Brittany Cox and the work is showing off.”

Freshman Karli Koning won her first ever 300 meter race in college with a time of 10:54.67.  Ashton Lord captured fifth in the event with a time of 11:19.89. 

Two other Eagles posted season bests as Leigha Long ran the 800 meter run in 2:29.58, and Camryn Coleman posted a 5.23m in the long jump. 

“This was a very positive day of competition for us. We had some good performances, and the girls are competing well. The programs are doing well, and we have some great talent at Georgia Southern. I am hoping that the girls that are competing tomorrow, compete at the same intensity level as what we saw today,” said Carter.

Chasin Gladdis qualified for the 60 meter dash finals with a new personal best time of 26.25 in the 200 meter dash.

The Georgia Southern Eagles wrapped up their second day of competition as seven different Eagles posted top 10 finishes in the Bob Pollock Invitational.

Twandalette Cotton finished fourth in the triple jump with a 12.67 meter jump. She also finished in the top 10 in the high jump with a mark of 1.58 meters.  Ashleigh Rasheed also finished in the top 10 in the triple jump with a mark of 12.15m.

Keyanna Harris placed fourth in the high jump at 1.68m.  Jordan Fordham finished sixth in the 200 meter dash with a time of 25.78.  Other Eagles to place in the top 10 included Kimberly Thomas and Bailey Willett who placed in the 400 meter dash and 800 meter run respectively.

The Eagles will be back in action next Saturday when they travel to New York to compete in the Amory Collegiate Invite.