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  • #76
    At San Marcos:

    Thursday:

    Shocker senior Kelsey Slawson took 4th in the discus with a throw of 48.4m/158-9.5. A few feet short of her PR. That throw would have scored a couple points in last year's AAC Championship. None of the other 3 Shockers were close to that nor did they qualify for the finals. Not Kelsey's strongest event. That would be the shot put.

    Friday:

    Halle Johnson sixth in 1500m with a personal best time of 4:36.30. That's pretty solid time for the Freshman. 9th best in the AAC so far this season although it is very early.

    Claudia Rojo seventh in long jump with a personal best (5.83m/19-15). That jump might score in the AAC Championship and it would score very well in the heptathlon.

    Saturday:

    Sydney Wilson ran a personal best 14.58 to finish 24th in the 100m hurdles. While that probably doesn't score in the AAC open 100 hurdles it is a very solid time in the heptathlon good for 898 points.

    At Texas Relays:

    Friday:

    Kelsey Slawson finished fourth in section B of shot put with a mark of 15.21m/49-11. Kelsey always seems to be right at or little better than 50' in the shot put. That won't be at the top of the AAC but probably scores a point or two.

    Saturday:

    Raianna Maples, Paul Garcia, Jacque Darby and Taniyah McMillian finished 10th in the 4x100m invitational with a time of 45.84. The women's 4x100m invitational field featured five USATF teams. That's a pretty solid time. Perhaps top 5 in the AAC good.

    At Stanford:

    Rebekah Topham started things off for the Shockers in the women's 3000m steeplechase. The redshirt junior finished sixth in the invitational section with a time of 10:09.94 That is a very good early season time for Rebekah. About 10 seconds off her PR but would have easily won this event in last year's AAC Championship and is easily the best time in the AAC so far this season.

    .Winny Koskei finidhrf 31st in the women's invitational 10,000m race with a time of 33:50.68. Again a very good early season time. Only 20 seconds off her PR and about 1.5 minutes faster than she ran in winning the AAC Championship 10k last year.
    Last edited by 1972Shocker; 3 weeks ago.

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    • #77
      RH: Wichita State Freshman Up and Running

      Nice up close and personal article on Shocker freshman sprinter Tianna Holmes. Tianna's primary event at this point is the 400. She finished 6th at the AAC Indoors.

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      • #78
        KT Woodman Classic - Cessna Stadium - April 10-13:

        Thursday Highlights:

        Battling 40-degree weather, Kendra Henry won the javelin and 800m to move into first to claim victory in the heptathlon with 4,955 points. Teammate Sydney Wilson finished the competition in second with a personal best score of 4,869 points.

        Henry finished day one of the heptathlon with 3,013 points, 182 points behind leader Wilson. Wilson started day two winning the long jump with a leap of 5.27m/17-3.25, increasing her lead by 286 points. Henry first closed the gap winning the javelin with a throw of 41.99m/137-9, coming within 17 points of Wilson after six events.

        In the final event of the heptathlon, Henry jumped out to a strong start in the 800m in second place after the first lap. She continued to battle the bitter cold moving into first with about 300m left, eventually winning the race with a time of 2:28.95. She won the overall competition with 4,955 points, 86 points ahead of Wilson.

        The Shockers currently have the top 3 heptathlon scores in the AAC this year although it is still early. Jr. Claudio Rojo at 4,973, So. Kendra Henry at 4,955 and So. Sydney Wilson at 4.869 top the current AAC charts. Kendra won last year's AAC heptathlon championship with a score of 5,018.

        Friday Highlights:

        Kendra Henry added to her K.T. Woodman Classic resume, winning the women's javelin with a throw of 45.09m/147-11. Kendra's best throw this year is 153-8 which is curretnly 3rd on the AAC charts but that would only have been 7th best in the 2018 AAC Championships.

        Fr. Yazmine Wright won the 1500m clocking a personal best time of 4:33.16 which is the 9th best time in the AAC. Yazmine finished 6th in the 800m run at this year's AAC Indoor Championship. She has not yet run a 800m outdoor race.

        So. Winny Koskei won the 5k in 16:23.65 and Jr. Rebekah Topham followed in 16:44.84. Those are the top 2 times so far this year in the AAC and both time were below Winny's 16:49.01 that won last year's ACC Championship.

        R-Fr. Rita Schacker made her 10k debut winning that race in 36:32.28 which is 9th best in the AAC this year. That time would have taken 6th place in last year's AAC Championship.

        Saturday Highlights:

        Claudia Rojo won the women's 100m hurdles with a time of 14.30, the multi-event athlete not only set a personal best but also recorded a 2019 Shocker season leading time in the event. This time might not win any points in the AAC in this event but would be very high scoring in the heptathlon. Claudia also won the women's 400m hurdle race in 1:02.44, a Shockers season leading time, although probably not good enough to score in the AAC Champships.

        The 200m dash was completely dominated by Wichita State as the Shocker women would finish 1-5. True Freshman Tianna Holmes won the race with a season leading time of 24.20, Taniyah McMillian followed in second (24.41), Paula Garcia in third (24.43), Jacque Darby in fourth (24.49) and Sidney Sapp in fifth (25.18). These are not bad times but may not be good enough in the speed heavy AAC.

        Fr. Amiya Anoma won the triple jump with a leap of 12.23m/40-1.5. This is about 16 inches short of her season best but Amiya should be in the hunt to score some points in the AAC Championship.

        Sr. Kelsey Slawson finished 2nd in both the shot put (15.16m/49-9) and the discus (47.85m/157-0). Both efforts are short of her PR but Kelsey should be in the hunt for points in both of these events come AAC Championship time.

        R-So. Sydney Wilson led the women's high jump trio finishing second with a clearance of 1.63m/5-4.25. Not a bad jump in today's cool and windy confitions. Probably won't score in the AAC but is a pretty solid scoring jump in the heptathlon. Fr. high jump specialist Sidney Sapp only managed 5-2.25 in today's conditions. Sidney has a lot of potential although have noticed her performances are pretty inconsistent.

        A day after winning the women's 1500m in the distance carnival Friday night, Yazmine Wright added to her K.T. Woodman Classic resume winning the 800m race with a time of 2:13.58. That's Yazmine's first outdoor 800m time in her Shocker career and is about 10th best in the AAC this year. But considering the weather conditions today and that this field probably didn't push Yazmine very hard plus Yazmine has run 2:11.00 indoors I think she has quite a bit left in the tank. Hopefully, enough to get into the scoring column come AAC Championship time.

        Last edited by 1972Shocker; 1 week ago.

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        • #79
          Some nice performances at the KU relays today.

          After qualifying three Shockers from Friday's 200m preliminaries, the group of Paula Garcia, Jacque Darby and Taniyah McMillian did not disappoint in Saturday's finals. All three Shockers recorded personal bests and all-time top-10 marks.

          Garcia led the group finishing fourth overall with the third fastest time in Shocker history of 23.66. Jacque Darby improved her all-time top-10 mark moving to No. 7 finishing fifth in the finals with a time of 23.89, while Taniyah McMillian added the eighth fastest 200m time of 24.07 to her Shocker resume. McMillian placed seventh overall in the race. Paula's time is 4th best in the AAC this year, Jacque's is the 11th fastest and Taniyah's is 16th fastest which kind of shows you how tough of a sprinter conference the AAC is. One positive though is that Paula and Jacque are redshirt sophomores and Taniyah is a redshirt freshman.

          The sprints group was not done after that performance, the 4x400m women's team of Tianna Holmes, Daysha Bullocks, Darby and McMillian placed third with the fourth fastest time of 3:41.86 in Shocker history. The group currently ranks No. 3 in the American Athletic Conference.

          Kelsey Slawson represented the Shocker women in field events, the senior became just the fifth Shocker to join the 50m+ club after finishing seventh in the discus with the fifth best mark in school history of 50.32m/165-1 which is 3rd best in the AAC this year.

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