AKRON, Ohio -- For the second straight meet, Ashley Howard scored a major victory in the throws and distance runner Matt Elliot continued his assault on the 800-meter record books.
Competing in front of a home-state crowd during Winthrop's appearance in the Akron Invitational, Howard threw the discus 155-6 to claim first by more than 15 feet. The distance surpasses NCAA Regional qualifying, but since it was held indoors, she will have to wait until March to make it official.
The Akron Invitational was divided in two categories, the "Gold," or elite, and the "Blue," or open/collegiate. Howard led a number of Eagles who performed well in the "elite" division.
Elliot knocked 1.5 seconds off his own school record in the men's 800m. Elliott placed second, breaking his two-week-old school record with a Big South Conference-leading 1:52.48. Senior Jason Williams returned to the track after an eight-month layoff to capture third in the high jump at 6-8.
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Williams, an NCAA East Region qualifier, was joined by Daryl Green, whose sixth-place finish in the 400m (48.52) showed a return to championship form. Sara Young placed fourth in the triple jump at 35-8 after narrowly missing the finals in the 60m hurdles.
The Eagle squad also recorded some outstanding performances in the "Blue" meet earlier in the day. A trio of seventh-place finishes highlighted the meet. Shardal Twyman and Phil Jennings sprinted to 25.96 and 22.39 in the 200 meters, while Travis Coleman tossed the shot 48-9 to place.