- A total of eight first place finishes were had by the Temple men's and women's track teams' on Saturday at the Jack Pyrah Invitational. The season opener for the Owls featured three IC4A and one ECAC qualifying marks.
“This was a really good meet to see how are fall training progressed,” commented head coach Eric Mobley. “We performed well, and will be ready to come back and compete in January.”
On the men's side, senior Josue Louis placed first in the 55m hurdles, running a time of 7.79. Also taking a title on the track was sophomore Travis Mahoney, who ran a time of 8:43.47 in the 3000m.
In the field, senior Tim Boeni took first place in the long jump, meeting IC4A qualifying standards and setting a meet-record with a distance of 7.11m. In the same event, junior Miles Dryden took second place. Dryden also set a personal-best in the 55m dash, running the event in a time of 6.52.
In the weight throw, junior Rob Keogh threw a distance of 17.81m, a school record and personal best, as well as an IC4A qualifying toss. Also in the field, junior Brian Smith took first in the pole vault, clearing a height of 14-00.
For the women, sophomore Alanna Owens
took first place in both the weight throw (14.89m) and shot put (13.25). In the triple jump, Sequoia McBall
captured the title with a distance of 11.40m.
Meeting ECAC qualifying standards was freshman Victoria Gocht
, who ran a 1:15.99 in the 500m, placing second.
Also performing well on the women's side was junior Paris Williams
, who broke ht meet record with a personal-best time in the 300m (3rd, 39.83). Junior Assata Cowart
ran a time of 3:01.03 in the 1000m, also a personal-best for her.
Junior Rebecca Mims
continues to carry and distance team, placing fourth in the 3000m. An all-freshman 4x400 relay team took second place (Tonney Smith
, Tessa Washington, Victoria Gocht
, Sheina Roberts
), while the Owls also placed a team third (Assata Cowart
, Brittney McRae
, Shadaya Bennett
, Paris Williams