WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Winthrop freshman Marthaline Cooper set a school record in the weight throw in the Hilton Garden Invitational, winning by a comfortable margin.
Cooper shattered the record with a distance of 18.46 meters and remains unbeaten as a college thrower. The winning performance came on her first throw and bettered the previous record of 17.65m that was held by Ashley Howard.
Cooper's record-setting performance also carried teammates Cynthia Gordon and Shaniqua Hunter to new personal bests and top eight performances. Gordon, a junior, finished third with a best throw of 16.95m, which moves her up to number three on the Winthrop all-time list, while Hunter made the finals and placed seventh, but was not able to set a new personal best. Hunter also made finals in the shot put where she finished ninth with a throw of 12.61m.
On the men's side, Jakeb Elliott finished ninth in the weight throw while setting a personal best with a distance of 16.64m. Elliott is the Eagles' number two performer all-time in the event.
Winthrop's hurdlers all advanced to the semifinals but came up short of making finals. For the men, freshman Jordan Jackson ran 8.58 seconds in the 60 meter hurdles in his first college competition. The women's trio of redshirt senior Sharrone Honor, sophomore Alesha Love and Junior Synera Shelton also competed in the 60m hurdles with Honor coming the closest to qualifying for the finals with a time of 8.90 seconds.
Sophomore distance specialist Colby Coulter finished ninth in the mile run, setting a personal best with a time of 4:20.08.
The men's and women's track teams will be back in action this weekend when they travel to Birmingham, Ala., for the Samford Invitational.