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Chargers finish second, women third at Jax State Track Invite

Chargers finish second, women third at Jax State Track Invite

Posted by swoosh on April 11, 2007
Written by: UAH Track Staff

Jacksonville - The UAH track teams had an impressive weekend at the Gem of the Hills Track & Field Meet at the Jacksonville State University. The Charger men finished second overall, while the women finished third.

The Chargers edged out Samford by 15 points to claim second place with 107 points. Alabama State was first with 146 points in the field of 15 teams. The Lady Chargers also nipped Samford by six points to bring home third place behind Jacksonville State and Alabama State respectfully.

Both men' and women' teams were led by three events winners each. Will Rodgers (Denton, TX) won the 5000m with a personal best time of 15:18.63. Kyle Dyar (Albertville) was first in the javelin with a school record throw of 166-9. Brad Passen (Birmingham) tied for first in the pole vault with a clearance of 12-9.50.

On the women's side, Juneil Gadson (Montgomery) won the 400m with a time of 58.35, Erin Zellers (Red Lion, PA) placed first the 1500m with a time of 4:50.16, and Shana Levett (Auburn) got the victory in the 100m Hurdles with a time of 15.20.

Brad Eubanks (Falkville) had solid day in the throwing events, as he improved his school record in the shot put to 37-03.00, and set the standard in the hammer placing third with a mark of 83-00. Along with his record in the javelin, Dyar also set a new school record in the high jump placing fourth at 5-10.75.

Other top performers were Carlita Thomas (Phenix City) placing second in the 100m, Zellers third in the 800m, Emily Harden (Hamilton) third in the steeplechase, Tami Lawrence (Huntsville) third in the pole vault, Mark Ullom (Madison) third in the 800m, Matt Ross second in the 1500m, Alex Methvin (Bremen) third in the steeplechase, Daniel Saint (Scottsboro) third in the triple jump, and Dyar third in the long jump.

"I am very pleased with how our team competed this weekend. Despite having dreadful weather conditions, our team really showed alot of heart and gave a great effort," said head coach David Cain. It was a very windy and cold day, and staying warm was a challenge for everyone.

"All of the sprint events were run into a head wind so the times were not as fast as usual, but I look at how our team placed in their events and I know we competed at a high level."

"We beat some quality teams this weekend, and I am proud of us finishing second and third out of 14 schools. I can't say enough about the progress our men's team has made this year. We have a squad that can really mix it up and put together a solid team score, and that is exciting to see with such a young team."

"I am hoping we get to compete at a meet sometime this season where the weather will be mild, so far we have only seen extremes. I believe our team is progressing very well, we just need some good conditions so our hard work will show with fast times."