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El Paso, TX — Mark Jackson and Nickevea Wilson both finished on top in their field events at the Texas A&M Invitational on Saturday.
“Coaches are fairly pleased with today’s competition,” said head coach Mika Laaksonen. “We competed against some talented teams and still had athletes make impressive marks. We still have one more meet before the conference championship so our focus will be on getting a few individuals to perform better, but I think most of them will get there by the time it counts.”
In front of a crowd of 1,904, Jackson recorded a new meet record in the long jump with a personal-best of 7.61m. He not only out jumped the competition by .18m but his performance ranks him 13th in the nation and second in Conference USA.
Dominating for the women on the field was Wilson, who posted a 12.79m mark to capture the crown in the triple jump. The sophomore currently ranks 10th nationally and first in C-USA for her performance of 12.89m posted at the UNM Cherry & Silver Invitational.
Making her debut in the Orange and Blue Florence Uwakwe recorded a personal best of 54.92 in the 400m run. The freshman placed sixth out of 23 sprinters and currently ranks first in C-USA. Fellow teammate Aiyanna Stiverne also posted a personal best of 56.86 in the event.
Staying consistent in their performances both Janice Jackson and Anna-Kay James placed in the top eight in the 60m hurdles. Jackson posted a time of 8.12 to finish second behind LSU’s Jasmin Stowers (8.08). James recorded a time of 8.47.
In the women’s weight throw Fayon Gonzales threw a personal best of 15.18m finishing in the top ten overall. Newcomer Samantha Hall opened her career with the Miners with an eighth place finish of 12.45m in the shot put.
On the men’s side, Abiola Onakoya finished eighth in the 400m dash with a time of 47.77. Teammate Carnell Horn rounded out the top ten with a personal best finish of 47.90. James Bias also posted a personal best of 48.98 in the event.
Cosmas Boit captured his first crown in the mile run as dominated the competition with a 4:04.39 finish. He ranks second in C-USA.
The Miners will head back to Albuquerque, N.M. to compete in the Don Kirby T&F Elite Invitational before heading to Birmingham, Ala. for the C-USA Indoor Championships.
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