– It was a historic day for the Temple women's track & field team at the Atlantic 10 Outdoor Championships, as the Owls finished day two with 143.5 team points to win first overall for the first time in school history. Head coach Eric Mobley was named Women's Coach of the Year and freshman Victoria Gocht
took home Women's Rookie of the Year honors.
“The women really fought today and left everything out on the track with great performance after great performance,” commented Mobley. “They were just getting it done. It was good for the seniors to finish the career on top, it is just a great win and they fought for every inch.”
Mobley becomes the first coach in school history to earn Coach of the Year honors on the women's side, while Gocht is the first athlete since 2002 (Aderonke Adeniyi) to earn Women's Rookie of the Year.
The Owls were led by individual titles from senior Christiana Taylor
and juniors Assata Cowart
and Paris Williams
, as well as gold medal winning performances from the 4x400m and 4x800m relay squads.
Temple, which finished day one in fourth place, came from behind to outplace Dayton (2nd, 138), defending-champion Charlotte (3rd, 137) and Rhode Island (4th, 122).
Taylor won two individual events in her first Atlantic 10 Championships. The transfer took the long jump title in day one action, and then earned gold in the 200m dash today by clocking in a time of 24.22. She also placed third in the 100m dash finals (12.06) and fifth in the 100m hurdles (14.41).
Williams defended her title in the 400m dash, breaking the tape at 54.71 to lead the pack. Junior Shadaya Bennett
claimed fourth place in the same event with a time of 56.15.
In the 400m hurdles, Cowart ran a time of 1:00.35 to place first overall with freshman Jade Wilson
coming in third in a time of 1:01.57.
Gocht placed second in the 800m run, crossing the finish line in a time of 2:10.47. Junior Tashima Stephens
placed fourth in the same event with a time of 2:12.40.
In the 100m hurdles, senior Brittney McRae
placed second in a time of 14.02.
The 4x400m relay team (Sheina Roberts
, Paris Williams
, Tashima Stephens
, Victoria Gocht
) broke a meet record en route to their spot at the top of the podium, running a time of 3:41.56. Charlotte set the previous meet record in 2008 with a time of 3:41.88. On day one, the 4x800m relay team (Shadaya Bennett
, Tonney Smith
, Stephens, Gocht) placed first and set a new meet record by over five-seconds with a time of 8:48.36. Temple's 4x100m relay fared well, placing second in a time of 47.05.
The Owls will be back in action next at the ECAC Championships, being held at Princeton University on May 14-16.