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- It was an exciting, fun and record-breaking atmosphere all day long for Temple's men's and women's outdoor track & field teams, as the Owls hosted a home meet for the first time since the 1970's, the Owls Alumni Invitational. Both Temple teams defeated La Salle, and a total of 26 personal bests were earned by the Owls in individual events throughout the day.
Nine former Owls took part in an Alumni Mile early in the day, and many other alums were also on hand to support the team. The final event of the meet, the 4x400 meter relay, got an added bit of excitement from head coach Eric Mobley who ran the anchor leg for the Owls' "B" team. See highlights of that event as well as many others and an interview with Mobley through the video link above. Prior to the start of the running events, the seven seniors pictured were honored for Senior Day.
Highlighting the women's performances was sophomore Demeshia Davis
, who set personal bests and ran ECAC-qualifying marks while winning both the 100m and 200m dash. Her time of 11.94 in the 100m was the first sub-12 second performance of her career, and earned her first place. She also took first in the 200m with a personal-best time of 24.33, bettering her former record by nearly half a second.
Senior Gabe Pickett
won two events on the men's side, recording season-bests in both the long jump and the triple jump. His mark of 7.05m in the long jump was just barely shy of his overall personal best. In the triple jump, he took first with an IC4A-qualifying and season-best mark of 15.01m.
The men's team had two other first-place finishers, including junior Matt Kacyon
who won the 1500m in a personal-best time of 3:53.28. Junior Evan Battallio
won the shot put with a mark of 14.65m.
Junior Kaitlyn McSurdy
was a winner in the women's 400m hurdles with a personal-best time of 1:04.13, and freshman Simone Brownlee
won the women's 100m hurdles in a personal-best time of 14.82. Also taking wins for the women's team were junior Michelle Davis Timothy
in the 400m (57.56) and freshman Simone Chapman
in the triple jump with a personal-best mark of 11.25m.
The men's 4x100m relay team, comprised of Jamal Williams
, Alimamy Kallay
, Elijah Hargrove
and Adam Hasan
turned in a season-best time of 42.40 to win the event.
Individually, Kallay and Hargrove both PR'ed in the 100m. Kallay took third place in 11 seconds flat, and Hargrove was seventh in 11.11. Hasan placed fifth in that event in 11.07, just one one-hundredth of a second off his personal best.
Freshman Joseph Ho
took third place in the men's 110m hurdles with a personal-best time of 15.42, and also ran a personal-best time of 23.34 in the 200m. Freshman Joseph Sulon
placed second in the 800m with a time of 2:03.61.
Sophomore Courtney Mitchell
was third in the women's 100m in 12.44 while junior Hollis Coleman
was fourth in a personal-best time of 12.51.
Behind Davis who won the women's 200m, the Owls swept the next four places and took seven of the top eight spots overall. Freshman Bionca St. Fleur
was second in a personal-best and ECAC-qualifying time of 24.71, Davis Timothy was third in a personal-best time of 25.03, and Coleman was fourth in a personal-best time of 25.10. Freshman Jimmia McCluskey
also finished with a personal-best, placing fifth in 25.24.
Senior Anna Pavone
was less than a second off her personal-best in the women's 1500m, taking second place in 4:37.54. Freshman Rachel Flynn
ran a personal-best time of 2:22.68 to place fourth in the 800m. All five women who raced the 3000m for Temple recorded personal-bests, led by sophomore Janie Augustyn
who took third place in 11:01.60.
Temple assistant coach Shameka Marshall
, a two-time All-American in the long jump at Rutgers, dusted off her jumping shoes to win the event with a mark of 6.45m. Her athletes were close behind, as McCluskey was the top collegiate finisher and took second overall with a mark of 5.46m, while St. Fleur was third overall with a jump of 5.35m.
Junior Kiersten LaRoche
was one of only two competitors in the women's javelin, but took first with a personal-best throw of 30.54m.
The Owls will compete next weekend in the Penn Relays before heading to the American Athletic Conference Championships the following week.