TROY, AL. – The Troy University track and field program will remain in-state over the next five meets, beginning with their first of two trips to "The Plains", as they take part in the Tiger Track Classic beginning late Friday afternoon.
The Trojans are coming off an impressive performance in the FSU Relays, and will look to feed off of that momentum going forward this weekend. This weekend's meet will feature the host team, and nationally-ranked Auburn, nationally-ranked Alabama, Vanderbilt, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, Southern Miss, Duke and conference foe Middle Tennessee just to name a few.
The meet will begin on Friday with the men's hammer with a pair of sophomores in action for the Trojans, as Cody Bahrke will make his debut this season for TROY and Eddie Lynn will look to improve on his season-best throw of 47.00 meters – the second best throw on the team this season. The day will continue with the women's hammer as Brynn Forsythe, Nicole Studstill and Karen Wyatt will look to get on the medal stand for the fourth consecutive event.
The first day of events will conclude on Friday with the men's and women's javelin, with just one student-athlete competing on each side. Megan Schunuelle will go on the women's side as she has recorded a personal best at the collegiate level of 33.02 meters this season; while Mackenzie Howell will be the only male participating in the event on Friday, looking to improve on his finish last weekend at the FSU Relays.
The meet continues on Saturday with the jumps hitting the Hutsell-Rosen Track first, led by reigning Sun Belt Conference Male Field Athlete of the Week Terrell Irons in competition during the long jump and triple jump. The field events on Saturday that feature TROY student-athletes are the long jump, triple jump, high jump, discus, shot put and discus.
On the track, several student-athletes will be action, beginning with the 4x100-meter relay for both the men and women. The women will send out the team of Ariel Cavazos, Ja-Courtney Alexander, Amiracle Watson and Ashley Hall as they try and improve on their time of 47.08 seconds last week at the FSU Relays. Meanwhile, the Trojan men will send out Neko Freeman, Antonio McLeod, Payton McGhee and Stanley Arukwe – the reigning Sun Belt Conference champions – looking to improve on their time of 40.36 seconds in the season-opening meet as the team did not compete last week at the FSU Relays.
The running events will continue throughout the day and into the night, with Enock Kirui becoming the first student-athlete (on either the men or women's side) to compete in the 3000-meter steeplechase at 5:10 pm.
For a complete listing of the events and heat sheets with the student-athletes participating, click on the links provided above. Results will be posted once they become available on TroyTrojans.com.