Troy, AL – The Columbus State track and field teams had a good showing in the 2011 Coach O Invitational hosted by Troy University on Saturday, April 23rd. The Cougars participated against many top schools all around the southeast.
In women's action, Shelisia Crawford continued her great season as she blazed through the line in only 11.70 seconds placing her sixth in the event. Asha Alexander also posted a very respectable time of 12.30 crossing the line in 16th place. Crawford was at it again this time coming up just short in the 200-meter dash as she finished in second place with a time of 23.74. Alexander again finished in 16th place crossing the line in 25.45 seconds. Miriam Cobb finished in 11th place in the 400-meter dash posting a time of 1:01.67.
The Lady Cougars dominated the 3000-meter run with six CSU runners finishing inside the top 12. Brittney Skiles led the way finishing in second place with a time of 10:52.70. She was followed by Jamesha Cochran (11:14.79, 6th place), Caroline Rotich (11:25.41, 9th place), Moneka English (11:36.73 10th place), Moneque English (11:50.30 11th place) and Ashley Arnold (12:13.62, 12th place) who all had outstanding showings in the event. The CSU quartet of Asha Alexander, Keila Beverly, Miriam Cobb and Shelishia Crawford broke another Columbus State record crossing the line in 47.19 seconds in the 4x100 meter relay.
Chatil Bradford performed very well for Columbus State in the field portion of the Coach O Invitational breaking two school records. In the discus throw, Bradford came just 0.06 meters shy of winning the event as she garnered the second place finish with a distance of 41.94 meters. Bradford also finished in fifth place in the shot put event posting a distance of 12.45 meters.
In the men's portion, Jeremy Williams crossed the line in 21.86 seconds which was good enough for 10th place and a new school record in the 200-meter dash. In the 400-meter dash, Williams (49.34, 5th place) and Gerald Chichester (50.43, 8th place) both finished inside the top 10 for the Cougars. Yvens Joseph also had a good showing crossing the line in 15th place with a time of 52.78 seconds. Russell Jones (2:07.88) finished in 11th place in the 800-meter run while his teammate Ian Edwards (2:09.20) was right behind him in 13th place.
Just like the women, the men also had an event which they performed very well in. In the 1500-meter run, the Cougars locked up second, fourth, fifth and sixth places with John Neill leading the way crossing the line in 4:05.54. Edward (4:06.96) finished in fourth, Stewart Helton (4:08.32) finished in fifth place and Stephen Bowers (4:08.67) finished in sixth place. Jonathan Jones finished just outside the top 10 finishing in 11th place with a time of 4:20.14. The Cougars also had a great showing in the 3000-meter run as Andy Henderson came across the line in third place with a time of 9:07.13. Helton (9:10.65) was right behind him in fourth place with Nathan Prickett (9:35.85) finishing in seventh place.
Jonathan Jones also had a top five finish for Columbus State in the field portion. In the triple jump event, Jones jumped for a distance of 13.94 meters which placed him fourth in the event.
Columbus State will have a week and a half off before participating in yet another Division I meet. On Friday and Saturday May 6th and 7th, CSU will travel to Tallahassee as they compete in the FSU Twilight competition.