In addition to the team sent to the Florida Relays, a second contingent of athletes headed to Clarksville, Tenn. for the Governors Invitational Saturday. Western took the top spot in five events ranging from distance running to field competitions at the meet, hosted by Austin Peay.
Marion Kandie followed up a winning distance run at Alabama with a first-place effort in the 1,500 meters in her second outdoor meet for Western.
Men’s distance runner Patrick Cheptoek also found success, posting a 9:15.60 to win the two-mile run. Monique Harris’ 1:04.60 topped the 400-meter competition. Harris also finished third in the 100-meter hurdles, clocking in at 14.85 seconds. In field events, Adesola Adeduro won the hammer throw with a 152-3, Kara Dobbs rewrote the record books in the women’s pole vault with a clearance at 10 feet, two inches, and Brad Wright was the top collegiate finisher in the discus with a toss of 143-6.
Western now looks ahead to the Hilltopper Relays this weekend, the first meet hosted at the new Charles M. Ruter Complex. Significant damage to equipment during Sunday’s storm is threatening cancellation of the meet. Updates will be posted as information is released.