Crawfordsville, Ind. -- The Patriot indoor track and field squad opened their 2016 slate this past weekend in Crawfordsville, Indiana for the Robert H. Johnson Little Giant Invitational at Wabash (Ind.).
“Overall it was a good weekend all around for everyone,” noted Patriot head coach Blake Jones. “We picked up from where we ended last season and that’s what you look for when you begin a new season.”
One Patriot who picked up where he left off last season was junior NeShaun Gordon. The Vine Grove, Ky. native won the triple jump finishing with a distance of 13.70 m (44’ 11.37”). Gordon’s only other event was the 200 meter run where he finished with a time of 24.77.
Cody Coffey (Danville, Ky.) competed in the 60 meter dash finishing with a time of 7.49 in 12th place. Coffey also ran in the 200 meter run where he finished in 10th place with a time of 24.29.
Chris Elliott (Louisville, Ky.) joined Gordon and Coffey in the 200 meter run. Elliott finished right behind Gordon turning in a time of 24.96.
The Patriot throwers were led by Andrew Martin (Louisville, Ky.) who posted a distance of 11.23 m (36’10.13”) in sixth place. Derek Clemens (Taylorsville, Ky.) finished just short of Martin with distance of 11.20 m (36’ 8.94”).
The Patriot women were led by newcomer Shaelyn Waller. The Louisville, Ky. native turned in a second place finish in the 60 meter dash with a time of 8.14, just .01 behind the winner. She also posted a fifth place finish in the 200 meter run with a time of 28.68.
The duo of Nicole Schowalter (Dayton, Ky.) and Elise Mills (Louisville, Ky.) represented the Patriots in the 3000 meter run. Showalter posted a time of 12:10.81 and Mills finished right behind with a time of 12:32.47.
Freshman Taryne Knott made her collegiate debut in the triple jump. The Brandenburg, Ky. jumped a distance of 8.75 m (28’ 8.49”). Her distance was good enough for a second place finish in the event.
Coach Jones noted that even though he was pleased with what he saw, he insisted there is plenty of room for improvement saying, “This was a good starting point, but we still have room for improvement. The goal is to get better each time out.”
The Patriots will have the upcoming week off from competition, but they will return to action on January 30th for the UINDY Track and Field Challenge in Indianapolis, Indiana.