BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The UWG track and field team competed in their lone indoor event at the Emory Crossplex Invitational in Birmingham, Alabama on Sunday.


Newcomer Merica Valdez highlighted the Wolves action and made a splash in her first action at UWG, placing first in the pole vault with a height of 3.55m, besting competition from Alabama Huntsville, Lee, Montevallo, Berry, and Emory.


Also in the pole vault, freshman Sydney Ross placed sixth with a top jump of 3.10m.


Amina Saunders and Nadia Davila also posted top-15 finishes on the day with Saunders placing ninth in the 60m hurdles with a time of 9.19 seconds. Davila crossed the line in 9.49 seconds to finish in 14th.


The Wolves placed three in the top-10 in the long jump, led by a fifth place finish from Tora Wright who jumped 5.12m. Aalayla Farr finished seventh at 5.08m while Meghan Daniels finished 10th with 4.94m.


Farr and Daniels also posted top-10 finishes in the triple jump with Farr’s top distance of 10.90m placing fifth. Daniels placed 10th in that event with a jump of 10.55m.


Brandi Boddy paced the Wolves in the shotput with a top throw of 11.39m, good for an eighth place finish. She then went on to place 10th in the weight throw with a toss of 13.02m.


The Wolves use the lone indoor event as an exhibition of sorts to tune up before the official start of the outdoor season. West Georgia opens the outdoor season on February 23 at the Cougar Invitational hosted by Columbus State.