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Cox rewrites record books in Kentucky

Senior breaks MT and SBC shot and weight throw records

January 30, 2010 · Christian Lemon

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Brittany Cox continued her dominant senior campaign at the Rod McCravy Memorial meet as she broke her own school and conference records in both the shot put and 20 lbs. weight throw.

The Antioch, Tenn., native's toss of 52-10.75 (16.12m) in shot put bested Melissa Gibbons of Louisiana Tech's Sun Belt indoor standard of 50-10.75 (15.51m), thrown nine years ago. With this throw, Cox moves to ninth on the 2010 NCAA descending order list with her second NCAA Provisional in the event this season. Also, her mark of 66-8.75 (20.31m) in the weight throw breaks her own Sun Belt record of 62-8 (19.10m) set last weekend at the Blue Raider Invitational and places her fifth in the NCAA on the descending order list.

Zamzam Sangau won the 800 meters in 2:10.32 with teammate Kayla Bryan placing 18th in 2:31.05. Sangau also placed fifth in the mile run in a time of 4:53.72. Stephanie Smith placed 24th in 5:11.38 for her fastest time of the season.

Marla Bailey placed seventh in the 3,000 meters in 9:59.73 smashing her career best of 10:23.36 set a week ago. Jackie Serem placed 14th in 10:21.63, setting a lifetime best.

Nyeisha Wright finished fifth overall in the triple jump with a mark of 38-11.5 (11.87m). The Colorado Springs, Colo. native, ran her fastest 200 meters of the year in 25.0, placing 11th. She also placed 16th in the 60 meters in 7.77. Cherice Robertson came in eighth, and Kortney Thurman placed 11th in the triple jump with respective marks of 37-0.25 (11.28m) and 35-4 (10.77m). Robertson came fourth in the high jump with a leap of 5-6 (1.68m).

For the men's team, hurdlers Roscoe Payne and DeRay Sloss finished eighth and 11th in the 60 meter hurdles. Payne finished in a time of 8.34 with Sloss clocking in at 8.43.

Freshman Vincent Johnson was third best collegiate finisher in the long jump, recording a leap of 22-0.5 (6.71m) for a career best.

Festus Chemaoi placed ninth in the mile run, finishing in a time 4:09.67. The Kenya native also ran the 800 meters in a 1:54.95, placing 12th. David Emery came in 14th and Isaac Biwott finished 26th with respective times of 4:13.79 and 4:20.91.

Chris Mason ran a career best 8:45.68 in the 3,000 meters, finishing 28th.

"Overall it was a good team performance," said head coach Dean Hayes. "We had some good showings technically and in the placings that will help us for the Sun Belt Conference meet next month."

The teams will return to action next weekend as they will host the Middle Tennessee Classic at Murphy Center. Full results and coverage will be available post meet on goblueraiders.com.

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