Track and field places second in Denoon Invitational

Story by Zach Scott, Contributing writer

Murray State’s track and field team traveled to Carbondale, Illinois over the weekend to participate in the Don Denoon Invitational.

Out of 14 teams, the Racers scored 92 points, which was good enough for second place, finishing behind Southern Illinois’ 111.5. Austin Peay rounded out the top three with 45 points.

Aubrey Main, a junior high jumper broke two personal records; one in the pentathlon and the other in high jump. In the Pentathlon, Main posted a 9.90 second for the hurdles, 1.61 meters in the high jump, 10.21 meters in the shot put, 5.18 in the long jump and a 2:29:25 in the 800-meter race. Main broke her High Jump record with a 1.69 meters jump during the event.

Tamdra Lawrence, a junior sprinter, also tied her season best in the 60-meter hurdles this weekend with a time of 7.61 seconds, which was good enough for second place in the event.

In the 200-meter race, Lawrence and Norma Abdur-Rafia, a sophomore sprinter took first and second place, respectively. Lawrence had a time of 24.87 seconds with Abdur-Rafia right behind at 25.10 seconds.

Even though they couldn’t leave Carbondale with a first-place finish, Head Coach Adam Kiesler said he was proud of the way his team finished the weekend.

“On day two we had a lot of carry over from day one,” Kiesler said. “Everyone came out to compete and the performances showed. We came to win the meet and fell just short of our goal, but I think with where we are with training we are in a good spot. We look forward to next week and continuing to improve as a team.”

The Murray State track and field team travels to Pittsburg, Kansas to participate in the Pitt-State Gorilla Classic on Feb. 9 and 10.