BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – The Wichita State track team wrapped up day two of the American Athletic Conference Indoor Championships on Saturday in Birmingham, Alabama.
Adria Navajon capped the day with a victory in the heptathlon with 5,616 points, recording personal bests in five of seven events and setting championship records in the heptathlon high jump and long jump. He also placed seventh in the open 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.57.
“Adria Navajon was great,” said the head coach Steve Rainbolt noted. “Winning the heptathlon against your own extremely tough teammate, Brown Tanner. was really good, but adding some killer finishes in the long jump and 60m hurdles made his weekend really special.”
Brown’s heptathlon score of 5,512 points was also a personal best, earning him all-conference honors for his second-place finish.
The Shocker men scored 115 points to rank third on the team behind Houston (141.5) and Cincinnati (128).
“I’m extremely proud of our men’s team,” said Rainbolt. “Even though we’ve been second in this competition in the past, we finished closer to first place as a team than ever before, and our men just competed brilliantly. We have a form chart going into each of these encounters. conference championship, and has us way past our form chart, so I couldn’t be happier with the men.”
Brady Palen and Davis Dubbert won all-conference honors in the high jump, placing second and third, and Palen cleared 2.14m / 7-0.25 to join the seven-foot club. On the track, Adam Moore notched its second podium of the weekend with a second-place finish in the mile in 4:04.77, and the Shockers 4×400-meter relay team from Joakim Generous, JD Prinsloo, Brown Tanner and RJ Hutchison earned all-conference honors beating Cincinnati for third place.
In the women’s team, Yazmine Wright led the way for the Shockers by scoring 16 points with his second-place finish in the mile with a time of 4:45.45 and the 3,000 meters with a time of 9:35.95. Amanda Kakoulias and Masters of Fate nailed to a pair of fifth-place finishes in the shot put and high jump, respectively, and turner of faith ran a 7.57 on the 60-yard dash to earn a point for the team. The women finished with 31.5 points to place 10thand as a squad.
“Our women’s team ranking was certainly well below where the ladies wanted to be, but the athletes were riddled with injuries, and we could easily see how we could have been fourth as a team and maybe third,” said Rainbolt.
Michael Bryan is the only Shocker in a position to compete in the NCAA Indoor Championships in two weeks, while the rest of the team begins to prepare for the outdoor season, where they will be joined by the javelin team.
“I challenged the men and women to redouble their focus for the outdoor season and have a common vision for a strong championship effort in Wichita at the AAC Outdoor Championships at the mid-May,” Rainbolt said. “I believe the men can have a good run for a tag team title in May and the women can definitely focus on getting a top three.”