By: Muhammad Waheed, Staff Writer
Twenty-five Towson athletes ranked within top 10 placements in the Sweetheart Multi-Mix Meet Thursday at the Wesley A. Brown Field House in Annapolis.
Freshman Aniyah Allen placed first in the high jump with a leap of 1.70 meters. Allen also won the 1,600-meter sprint medley with freshman Alexis Goodwin and sophomores Shelby Bobbie and Jaina McLean, finishing with a time of 4:17.27.
“She normally runs hurdles and high jumps, but I put her in the sprint medley relay,” Head Coach Mike Jackson said. “She went back and forth between the high jump and the 200 which can sometimes take you off course a bit, but I think she handled it very well.”
Allen’s high jump performance qualified her for the Eastern College Athletic Conference Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships.
“For [Allen], she’s still very new to the sport so she was pretty numb to it and not exactly sure what that meant,” Jackson said. “This is her first season doing indoor track so she kind of shrugged it off and moved towards the next bar.”
McLean competed in the 60-meter dash and won the event with a time of 7.93, while freshman Helnsarah Penda tied for eighth with a time of 8.22.
“I challenged [McLean] in practice and I told her that I expect her to be the 60 meter champion at Navy and she did that,” Jackson said. “She got out of the blocks as if she was going to be the champion and she got the job done. She’s had a nice season this year and I think she’s going to be able to build on that moving forward.”
Jackson was pleased with many of his other athletes at the Sweetheart Multi-Mix Meet.
“I thought it was nice to see some of our athletes continue to improve,” Jackson said. “I think we had some solid performances. Many of the student athletes were in more events than they are used to but I thought they responded well to what we gave them and I was happy to see the results.”
Towson was scheduled to compete in the David Hemery Valentine Invitational at Boston, but inclement weather did not allow the team to compete.
“The positive is that you know we’re able to find another opportunity this upcoming weekend potentially so we’re in process to find what works best for our team,” Jackson said. “We may go to the New York Armory on Friday or to Penn State on Saturday so we’re just looking forward to seeing what the entries look like.”