Winthrop’s track teams were able to secure six first-place finishes and a new school record in the hammer throw at the Palmetto Classic on Friday in less than ideal conditions.
The cold temperatures and strong winds appeared to be a strong influence all day long on the performances of the athletes. However, it didn’t stop the Eagles from securing wins and top three finishes throughout the meet.
“Considering the weather, these guys stepped up and competed to the best of their abilities. We left it up to the individual to accept the challenge and each one did,” said coach Ben Paxton.
The women’s 4x100 meters relay started off the positive day for the team. The team composed by Sharonne Honor, Alesha Love, Shalace Rose and Deshaun Squires won the race comfortably with a time of 51.41 seconds.
Honor also captured the win in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.50s. Honor is the school record holder in the 60m hurdles indoor and is looking to break the record this outdoor season in the longer event.
Freshman Marthaline Cooper broke the school record and won the hammer throw in her first outdoor collegiate meet. The mark of 51.75 meters (169-09) improves teammate Cynthia Gordon’s old record of 50.32 meters set in 2013. In the same event, Gordon took second place, and then went on to win the discus throw with a distance of 36.22 meters (118-10).
Junior Shalace Rose took the victory in the 400-meter dash while Alesha Love covered the 400-meter hurdles in a time of 1:06.83 for first place. Sophomore Corbin Steward also secured his first collegiate win in the triple jump.
Other athletes who secured top three finishes: Ashlee Eady (third in the 100-meter), Shayna Jenkins (second in the mile), Gabriellia Boatwright and Morgan Turnow (second and third, respectively, in the discus throw), Avery Scott (third in the 100-meter), Desmond Sumpter (second in the long jump) and Matt Thompson (third in discus).
The Eagles return to action on March 21 at the 49er Classic in Charlotte.
The Eagles reached .500 for the first time this year with a 3-3 mark. The Wildcats fell to 5-9.
Winthrop claimed all three doubles spots by the score of 8-2, 8-2 and 8-0.
The Eagles finished with five straight-set wins in singles.
1. Andressa Garcia def. Brites Moniz-Soares 7-6 (4-7), 1-6, 1-0 (10-5)
2. Alice Garcia def. Elaina Cummer 6-4, 6-0
3. Caitlin Cridland def. Nisha Crouser 6-4, 6-2
4. Tijana Uzelac def. Sarah Stein 6-1, 6-2
5. Ekin Gunaysu def. Tamara Hill 6-2, 6-2
6. Monica Aquado def. Blake Nickles 6-0, 6-0
1. Garcia/Garcia def. Moniz-Soares/Cummer 8-2
2. Gunaysu/Cridland def. Crouser/Stein 8-2
3. Uzelac/Williamson def. Hill/Nickles 8-0
The Winthrop softball team got solid hitting from the heart of its order Saturday as the Eagles picked up victories over Youngstown State and Wright State on the first day of the Winthrop/Adidas Invitational.
The Eagles are now 9-10 overall on the season and are in the midst of a six-game winning streak.
Winthrop battled back and forth with the Penguins of Youngstown State in the first game. Winthrop put up three runs in the bottom of the first which included a two-run home run by Mel Andrea. Youngstown put up two runs in the third and one in the fifth to tie the game at 3-3.
Winthrop jumped on the Raiders of Wright State in the second game with two runs in the bottom of the third inning as miscues hurt the Raiders.
Winthrop returns Sunday in the second day of the Winthrop/Adidas Invitational against Marist at 1 p.m. followed by Eastern Kentucky at 3 p.m.