Winthrop junior All-American Marthaline Cooper had a record-setting performance in her first outdoor meet of the season as she broke the school and Belk Track marks in the hammer throw.
Cooper (Providence, R.I.) had a throw of 64.04 meters which is the fourth best distance in the nation this season and the top mark in the NCAA East Region. The distance is also the second best throw in Big South Conference history behind former Coastal Carolina Olympic athlete Amber Campbell.
Sophomore Quemell Brave followed up his record-setting long jump performance last week by finishing first in the Winthrop meet with a jump of 6.82 meters.
In other performances of note, junior Carmen Rollizo finished second in the long jump with a leap of 5.49 meters. Senior Alesha Love, who is running unattached this spring while red-shirting, had the second best time in the 100 meter hurdles prelim at 14.14 seconds. She also qualified for the finals in the 200 meter dash with a sixth place time of 25.11 seconds. Men’s senior Avery Scott qualified for the finals in the men’s 100 meters with a time of 10.77 seconds.
The final day of the Winthrop Adidas Invitational will get underway at 9 a.m. on Saturday at the Irwin Belk Track Complex and will conclude at 5 p.m. Admission is free to the public.
SOFTBALL: Winthrop opened up its three-game series against Radford with a 6-3 win Friday evening at Terry Field. The win ends a nine-game losing streak for the Eagles (12-22, 1-5). Radford falls to 17-9 on the year and 2-2 in the league. The two teams will square off in a doubleheader on Saturday at 1.
“It was great to be at home and get a win,” said Winthrop co-head coach Mark Cooke. “Kiley (Majette) threw the ball extremely well. We hit the ball very well today, I was very proud of the at-bats we had and had a lot of two-out hits. That was a good win, we played a complete game.”
Majette (6-8) tossed a complete game allowing three runs (one earned) on six hits with no walks and four strikeouts.
Young finished the game with a career-high four hits as Winthrop finished the game with 12. Lowers finished with three hits while Glover and Blake Wallert had two each.
MEN’S TENNIS: Winthrop (9-9, 3-2) bounced back from a loss at Liberty to defeat Campbell 6-1 in a Big South Conference match on Friday at Memorial Courts. Senior Steven Patrick (Knoxville, Tenn.) clinched the match for the Eagles in a 6-0, 4-6, 6-2 battle over Campbell’s Gerard Sola.
Winthrop will travel to Boone, N.C. on Saturday, to take on Appalachian State.