The track and field team opened up its 2016 indoor season with strong performances in meets in Kansas and Arkansas.
To open up the season, the team traveled north on Jan 6 to compete in the Bill Easton Classic hosted by the University of Kansas. The Golden Hurricane had three first-place finishers and six top-five finishes.
Seniors Bryce Robinson and Alex Lybarger took first in the 60 Meter Dash and Weight Throw respectively, in addition to freshman Cecilya Johnson who also took first in the Weight Throw.
Robinson’s time of 6.62 broke his previous record for third place on TU’s career 60-yard dash, and gave him all top-five times in Tulsa history for the 60 Meter Dash.
Lybarger and Johnson’s throws, 17.41 and 16.74 meters respectively, were both good for second on TU’s career weight throw list for both men and women.
Emma Galbraith (3rd – 600 Yard Run), Paul Akintade (4th – Long Jump) and Otugo Ananaba (5th – 60 Meter Dash) rounded out the other top-five finishers for Tulsa.
At their second meet, the Arkansas Invitational, the Golden Hurricane finished first in three different events, and had 17 top five finishes. Robinson and Johnson took first again, as well as freshman Bailey Stewart who won the Men’s 400 Meter Dash.
Robinson, Johnson and Stewart were joined by Han Kunsch, Grey Howard, Robert Tulley, Sabrina Monsees, Elijah Silva, Braydon Rennie, Galbraith, Ben Preisner, Lybarger, Akintade and Bayor Reese as top five-finishers.
The Golden Hurricane will look to build on their impressive open to the season next week at the Deloss Dodds Invitational.