Jo Mayo, Correspondent
The Jacksonville State track and field team returned to competition for the first time in 2022 at the Vulcan Invitational on Jan. 15. The Gamecocks competed against several good teams including the University of Alabama, Troy University, and the UAB Blazers who hosted. Although not many athletes from JSU came to this event, there were still several good placements.
Kirsen Gardner was the only thrower to compete, and she placed 17th in the women’s shot put with a distance of 11.05 meters. She was also signed up to compete in the weight throw but did not show (DNS).
In the 60 meter dash, Senior Malon Lee placed 20th with a time of 7.92, beating over half of the runners. She was only 0.43 seconds from the first-place winner from the University of Alabama. Freshman Imani Dent also ran this event placing 37th with a time of 8.22. In the 60-meter hurdles, Ashton Coats came 15th running a 9.18, and Carolina Minozzi came in 28th with 9.68.
No Gamecocks competed in the long jump or triple jump, but we did have a couple of high jumpers. Freshman Emma Cape finished 7th with a height of 1.48 meters, and Carolina Minozzi who also ran in the 60 meter hurdles finished high jump tying in 10th place with a height of 1.43 meters. For pole vault, all three athletes from JSU either did not show or did not clear a height.
The Gamecocks had more distance runners compete in this invitational. Elizabeth Wetmore finished 12th with 5:30:58, and Trinity Schraudner placed 15th with 5:51:37. Only 14 people total competed in the 800-meter run, but none were from Jacksonville State. Sierra Wainer ran the 3000-meter run. Only ten people total were in this event, and Wainer finished 7th with a time of 11:12:67. This was the first time this freshman ran in this event.
Leandra Custodio did extremely well in the 400-meter dash placing 5th out of 28. She had a time of 28:80. Behind her in 16th was Hailey Tucker with 1:01:36. For the 200 meter dash, Madesen Holman finished with a time of 25.97, finishing in 17th. Imani Dent also ran in this event placing 31st out of 42 with a time of 27.52. Lastly, the JSU ‘A’ team ran in the 4×400 meter relay finishing 11th in 4:13:23. This team consisted of Lee, Tucker, Holman, and Minozzi.
Several athletes did well and competed in several different events. The Vulcan Invitational was one competition that will help the Gamecocks prepare for the ASUN conference that takes place next month. The next meet is the Samford Invite in Birmingham on Friday, Jan. 21.