CLINTON, Miss.– This is the weekend that the UWG Track and Field team has been preparing for all year. The Wolves are taking a trip to Clinton, Mississippi, a place where the program has good memories, to compete in the GSC Championships over the next three days.
The Wolves won their first Gulf South Conference Championship on this very track back in 2016, and will look to do the same under new head coach Ryan Bailey this weekend.
This season there have been four athletes training to compete in seven events scoring based on points. Paige Berriochoa, Nadia Davila, Kennedy Davis, and Andrea Foster will begin their heptathalon on Thursday, and conclude on Friday. The events will start at 1:15 p.m. with the 100m hurdles, high jump, shot put, and the 200m dash.
Thursday night at 6:00 p.m. the hammer throw will begin to kick off the throws for the weekend. Nya Moses, Caitlin Teknipp and Hannah West will be competing with Moses being seeded first with her throw of 48.32m. Camilla Sims of Lee and Bailey Simmons of UAH are right behind Moses in second and third.
Following the hammer will be the javelin throw at 8:00 p.m. Competing will be Caitlin Teknipp, Bre Kittles, and Paige Berriochoa.
The heptathletes will begin the day at 11:15 p.m. with long jump, javelin throw and the 800m race. This will conclude the competition for these four athletes and their points will be totaled up and their placement will be added to the team’s points.
Shot put will begin at 2:00 p.m. with Nya Moses and Hannah West competing. Moses is seeded fifth with a throw of 11.50m.
The jumps will begin with the triple jump at 2:00 p.m. with Paige Peterson and Andrea Foster. Peterson is seeded third, with a jump of 11.74m, behind Adrienne Lewis (UWA) and Andrea McDonald (MC) who have both hit provisional marks for nationals. Peterson trails only four inches from the leaders.
High jump will begin at 7:00 p.m. with Trisan Haughton and Alexis Alofuokhai. Haughton is seeded third with a jump of 1.65m. She sits behind Andrea McDonald (MC) and Hannah Buttolph (Lee) who both have provisional marks for nationals.
The 100m dash prelims will begin around 4:30 p.m. with Dawn McCaskill, Makalah Cannon, Rolayo Roberts, Elizabeth Folsom and China Amey racing. The finals will take place on Saturday for those qualifying athletes.
The 100m hurdles will begin around 8:15 with Nadia Davila, Andrea Foster, and Kennedy Davis racing. This pack of Wolves is seeded fifth, sixth, and seventh in the conference. The finals will be on Saturday for the qualifying athletes.
The long jump will begin the day of events at 11:00 a.m. with China Amey and Trisan Haughton jumping for the wolves. Amey is leading the wolves seeded eighth with a jump of 5.15m with Haughton close behind with a jump of 5.11m.
Taking place at the same time will be pole vault with Faith Moss and Paige Berriochoa. Moss is seeded sixth with a height of 2.73m and Berriochoa behind her in seventh at 2.60m.
The throws will conclude with the discus throw beginning at 12:00 p.m. Caitlin Teknipp, Nya Moses and Hannah West will be competing
At 2:35 p.m. the 1500m will take place with Bailey Roberts and Mackenzie Morse running. The 800m race will begin around 3:55 with D’Erika Montford racing for the Wolves. The 5000m race will conclude the distance races beginning at 5:15. Mackenzie Morse and Alexis Smith will be racing in the 5k.
Prelims for the 100m hurdles took place on Friday, so the qualifying athletes will be competing for points at 3:05 p.m. The 400m hurdles will not have prelims and will be run at 4:20 p.m. with Kennedy Davis and Andrea Foster racing for the Wolves. Davis is seeded seventh with a time of 1:07.81.
The 400m dash will take place at 3:15 p.m. with Emani Collins, Nikkita Gordon, Ashley Davis and Alexis Dukes. Collins is seeded fifth with a time of 58.69 amongst other 58 second runners. The finals for the 100m dash will take place shortly after at 3:35 p.m. for those qualifying athletes from Friday’s race. The 200m dash will take place at 4:45 p.m. with Dawn McCaskill, Emani Collins, Makalah Cannon, Elizabeth Folsom and Ashley Davis racing.
The 4x100 will take place at 2:10 p.m. with Elizabeth Folsom, China Amey, Dawn McCaskill and Rolayo Roberts racing for the Wolves. The Wolves are seeded fourth with a time of 48.59. To complete the day before awards the 4x400 will take place at 5:55 p.m. with Emani Collins, D’Erika Montford, Paige Berriochoa and Dawn McCaskill. The Wolves are seeded fourth with a time of 4:03.29.