By: Muhammad Waheed, Staff Writer
Towson competed in a split squad meet and set a new school record at the Raleigh Relays and the Victor Lopez Classic this weekend.
“I thought [the weekend] was solid overall,” Head Coach Mike Jackson said. “We had another school record at the Victor Lopez Classic. I think we’re in a good position.”
At the Raleigh Relays, junior Ksenia Safonova placed second with a 60.73-meter toss in the hammer throw. Safonova broke her own school record of 59.76-meters, set at the 49er Classic a week ago.
“This is what she came here for, this is her top event,” Jackson said. “She’s been one of top athletes in junior college and also in Europe when she was a younger so she’s doing very well and we’re excited for her progress.”
Freshman Jamila Brown, sophomore Jaina McLean, senior Zanae Freeland and fifth-year student Kaitlyn Davis set a school record and placed second in the 4×100-meter relay with a time of 46.15 at the Victor Lopez Classic.
Towson will compete in another split squad meet this weekend. Some of the team will compete in the Colonial Relays in Williamsburg, Virginia, and the Pepsi Florida Relays in Gainesville, Florida.
“Once again, we’re taking everybody to places they fit and we can get the best overall performance,” Jackson said. “[We’re] definitely looking forward to a few meets coming forward where we’ll all be able to be together.”
Jackson has high expectations from his team in the coming weekend.
“Personal bests and great performances,” Jackson said. “It’s really one of the main goals of being competitive with the other great teams so for some of our student athletes it’s one of their first or second opportunities to compete so it’s not something we take lightly.”