Troy Track and Field Wraps up Competition at Penn Relays, Southern Miss Invitational
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Kylie Murphy

April 25, 2015
The Troy track and field team wrapped up its competition at the Penn Relays and Southern Miss Invitational on Saturday, earning several top-10 finishes.

Penn Relays

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania – Demetrius Elia and Joevar James were the final competitors for the Trojans at the historic Penn Relays this weekend.

Elia competed in the college hammer throw, earning a 22nd place finish with a 54.7-meter heave.

James competed in the college men's javelin throw finishing 24th with a 53.63-meter throw.

Southern Miss Invitational

HATTIESBURG, Mississippi – The Trojans earned 11 top-10 finishes in the final day of competition at the Golden Eagle Invitational.

Riley Schwietz competed in three events for Troy, placing in the top-10 in all of them. In the Javelin, Schwietz cleared 37.31-meters, good for fourth. In the women's long jump, she earned 10th place with a 4.9-meter leap. In the 100-meter hurdles, the Frisco, Texas, native placed eighth, clocking in at 16.71 seconds.

Hayley Watts tied a personal record as she competed with Elizabeth Locklier in the pole vault. Locklier and Watts placed tied for ninth, clearing 3.2-meters.

Also competing for the women in the javelin was Mariah Pennington. Pennington earned a top-10 finish, placing ninth, with a 31.56-meter throw.

Tim Bulger placed third, the top finish for the Trojans, in the 5,000-meter run, clocking in at 16:33.82. Kevin Aldana placed right behind Bulger in fourth place, with a time of 16:52.7.

Cameron Rice placed fourth for Troy in the 200-meter dash, crossing the line at 22.04 seconds.

Douglas Dyer, Samuel Johnson and C.J. Phillips all competed for Troy in the pole vault. Dyer cleared 4.45-meters, good enough for fifth place, and a new career record. Johnson and Phillips both placed ninth with 4.3-meters. Dyer also competed for the Trojans in the javelin. He placed eighth with a 43.73-meter throw.

Other notable competitors for the Trojans include Sierra King, who placed 11th in the 200-meter dash with a time of 26.03 seconds. King also competed in the 100-meter dash alongside Aubrey West. The duo finished at 12.98, and 12.78 seconds, respectively. Meanwhile, Erin Woods competed in the long jump, placing 11th, with a 4.55-meter jump.

The Trojans are back in action May 8-10, at the Sun Belt Conference Championships.

Ostendorf Claims Win, 18 Trojans Set New Personal Records in Final Day of Tiger Track Classic
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Kylie Murphy

April 4, 2015
AUBURN, Alabama – Julia Ostendorf, Troy track and field's record holder in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, claimed first place in the event with a time of 11:00.38 at the Tiger Track Classic on Saturday. Throughout the day of competition, the Trojans set 18 new personal records throughout their respected events.

On the women's side, in the 100-meter dash, three Trojans that competed set new personal records. Sydney Wright took sixth place with a time of 11.73 seconds. Right behind her in 15th place was Paige McMillan, who clocked in at 12:02 second. Aubrey West finished in 12.69 seconds, as she also set a personal record.

Jaevyn Wortham took home a top-10 finish, as she came in 10th place as she tossed the shot put 12.25 meters.

Corina Cox led the Trojans once again in the discus. Cox earned herself a second place finished with a heave of 51.69 meters. Wortham set a new personal record and placed ninth in the events, with a 45.59-meter throw.

Wright took home another top-10 finished as she placed fifth, and set a personal record, in the women's 200-meter dash with a time of 24:08 seconds, to lead the Trojans in the event. Cameia Alexander also set a new personal record finishing in 24.87 seconds.

All three Trojans that competed in the 3000-meter run set personal records. Mikayla Hodges placed 13th as she finished in 10:29.86. Sara Zylstra finished right behind her at 10:31.47.

In the women's long jump, Aleeah Stigarll placed 11th as she soared 5.71 meters for a new person record. Alexus Cobbs also competed in the event, as she leapt 5.62-meters for 13th place.

On the men's side, Cameron Rice took 10th in the 200-meter run, as he set a new personal record, clocking in at 21.49 seconds.

In the men's pole vault, CJ Phillips cleared 4.5 meters for an 11th place finish, which helped set a new personal record.

In the men's 3,000-meter run, Tim Bulger led the Trojans with a time of 9:17.29, placing 13th.

Next week, the Trojans head to Mobile, Ala., to face in-state, conference rival South Alabama at the South Alabama Invitational on from Friday, April 10, to Saturday, April 11.

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Troy Track and Field Travels to Tiger Track Classic
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Carrie Smith

April 2, 2015
AUBURN, Alabama – The Troy track and field team is set to compete this weekend at the Tiger Track Invitational, hosted by in-state foe Auburn, which will be held at the Hutsell-Rosen Track. Among the highly touted competition will be in-state, conference rival South Alabama.

Friday's events are slated to begin at 2 p.m., starting with the men's hammer throw, while the men's 5000-meter run will close out competition at approximately 7:55 p.m.

Saturday's field events are scheduled to start at 11 a.m., with the women's pole valult. Running events on Saturday will start with the women's 4x100-meter dash, at noon.

The Trojans are coming off several strong performances in field events at last weekend's UNF Invitational, and are looking to keep up the pace during Friday and Saturday's events.

Corina Cox, who was last week's Sun Belt Female Athlete of the Week, will look to win her fourth discus competition of the season on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. Jaevyn Wortham and Allison Taylor will also compete in discus, as well as the women's hammer throw on Friday at 4 p.m. Wortham will also compete in shot put at 4:00 p.m. on Friday.

Mariah Pennigton, Aleeah Stigarll and Riley Schwietz are all set to compete for the Trojan women in javelin throw at 4:00 p.m. on Friday. Last weekend, Schwietz set a new personal record and brought home a third place finish in women's javelin last weekend.

Additionally on Friday, sophomore Jonnathan Valdez will compete in men's hammer throw at 2:00 p.m., while Clay Coburn, Douglas Dyer and Garrison Floyd will throw for the Trojans in the javelin at 7:55 p.m.

In triple jump events held at 4:00 p.m., on Friday, Issac Jennings will compete for the men's team, while Erin Woods and Nesha Defoe will jump on the women's side. Defoe will also compete in women's long jump on Saturday morning along with Stigarll and Alexus Cobbs. B.J. Kennedy, Garrison Floyd and Dyer will compete in long jump for the men.

Starting off Saturday's running events, the Trojan women will field two teams for the 4x100-meter relay, as well as two teams in the 4x400-meter relay. Troy's men will also race in the 4x400-meter relay.

Freshman standout Sydney Wright will run in the women's 100-meter and 200-meter dash on Saturday, along with fellow Trojans Aubrey West and Quinnterria Stallworth. Paige McMillan and Lacey Marcus will race in the 100-meter dash, while Cameia Alexander, Schwietz, Stigarll, and Sierra King will also take part in the 200-meter dash at 3:45 p.m.

Schweitz, Stigarll and Marcus will have a busy day Saturday, also taking on the 100-meter hurdles at 12:50 p.m., for the Trojan women, while Floyd, Dyer and Jason Iles will represent the men's team in the 110-meter hurdles.

Niata Alexander and Dallas Worthy are set to compete in the 400-meter dash for the Trojan women, and Cameron Rice will run in the 200-meter and 400-meter dash for the men's team.

Distance runner Julia Ostendorf will have a chance to repeat history on Saturday at 4:30 p.m., in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. At last year's Tiger Track Classic Ostendorf placed fourth in the event with a time of 10:51.18, which set a new Troy University record.

The Trojans have several athletes lined up to compete in several other distance races, including the men's and women's 1500-meter run and 3000-meter run.

As always, check back with for complete results and recaps after each day of competition.

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Track & Field Opens Outdoor Season with Six Wins at Jaguar Opener
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Carrie Smith

March 6, 2015
MOBILE, Ala. – The Troy track and field team had an outstanding performance at the Jaguar Opener, its opening meet of the 2015 outdoor season.

The Trojans brought home 34 top-5 finishes among the men's and women's team, including four first-place finishes for the women's team and two wins on the men's team. Overall, the women's team placed second and the men placed third.

Julia Ostendorf had a huge day in the distance races on Saturday, winning the women's 3000-meter run with a time of 10:34.00 and also finished runner-up in the 1500-meter run in 4:53.53, a new personal record.

Dallas Worthy and Sydney Wright both won their respective events. Worthy sped in at a new personal record of 40.15 seconds in the women's 300-meter dash. Wright crushed her competition in the women's 100-meter dash with a final time of 12.05 seconds.

Troy had a 1-2 finish in the women's 300-meter dash, with Paige McMillian placing runner-up to Worthy with a 40.52 second finish.

For the men, Cameron Rice dominated the 300-meter dash, placing first with a time of 34.48 seconds. This sets a new personal record in the 300-meter dash for Rice, who was nearly five seconds faster than the runner-up finisher.

The Trojan women had a spectacular day in field events on Saturday. Corina Cox won the women's discus with a 51.39-meter throw. Alexus Cobbs placed second in triple jump with an 11.60-meter leap, and third in the long jump on Friday with a 5.31-meter jump.

Aleah Stigarrl was the runner-up in the women's long jump with a 5.52-meter leap. Aubrey West was right behind Stigarrl, placing fourth in the event with a 5.13-meter jump.

Jaevyn Wortham competed in three throwing events for the Trojans, placing second in shot put with a 12.44-meter throw. Wortham, a freshman, also finished fifth in women's discus with a 43.49-meter performance and seventh in hammer throw, finishing with 43.49-meters.

Issac Jennings competed in the men's long jump for the Trojans, winning the event with a 6.66-meter leap. Jennings also placed second in the men's 100-meter dash, finishing with a time of 10.95 seconds.

Freshman Garrison Flloyd placed second in both the men's long jump on Friday and the men's 100-meter hurdles on Saturday in his first collegiate meet. Flloyd lept 6.54-meters in the long jump, and finished the hurdles in 15.17 seconds.

Joevar James threw the javelin for the for the men's team, placing second with a 59.75-meter throw. Riley Schweitz placed fifth and Mariah Pennington placed sixth in women's javelin with distances of 37.17-meters and 36.14-meters, respectively.

In the 1600-meter distance medley the Trojan women's team of McMillian, Wright, Worthy and Erica Kulp placed second, finishing in 4:17.19. The team of Cameia Alexander, Cobbs, Sierra King, and Alyssa Staubach placed fifth with a time of 4:31.14 for the Trojans.

The men's teams placed fifth and sixth in the 1600-meter medley, with the team of Rice, Jennings, Jason Iles and Shakiel Parker finishing in 3:40.02, placing fifth. Another team composed of Josh Henderson, B.J. Kennedy, Christian Knight, and Madison Estes placed sixth with a time of 3:46.52.

The Trojans will compete next weekend at the Coastal Carolina Invitational on March 13 in Conway, S.C

Fans can keep up with all the action by following Troy track and field/cross country on Twitter @TroyTrojansXC_TF.

Troy Track and Field Wraps Up Indoor Season at Samford Invitational
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Kylie Murphy

February 14, 2015
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – Saturday may have been the end of the regular indoor season for Troy track and field, but the team is anything but slowing down. With the outdoor season swiftly approaching and the Sun Belt Indoor Championship around the corner the Trojans set out to get final preparations in at the Samford Invitational this weekend.

The Trojans started the day on a hot streak, with Ben Martin qualifying for the men's 60-meter dash finals with a time of 6.88 seconds. He would later place third lowering his time to 6.85 seconds, a new personal record.

Sydney Wright competed in the 60-meter dash for the Trojan women along with Paige McMillian and Aubrey West. Wright finished just one place shy of the finals in ninth place with a time of 7.78 seconds. Wright also placed 9th in the women's 200-meter dash on Friday night. McMillian and West both set new personal records, finishing with times of 7.79 seconds and 7.99 seconds, respectively.

In the women's 400-meter dash freshman Niata Alexander set a new personal record of 55.94 seconds, coming in 4th place. Alexander is currently second in the Sun Belt standings in the event.

The Trojans also saw several standout performances in Saturday's field events.

Myles Charley competed in the men's triple jump for the Trojans, finishing in third place with a 14.80-meter jump. Charley was ranked seventh in the Sun Belt standings prior to today's event.

Thrower Zach Douglas had an outstanding day as well, placing eighth in men's shot put with a 15.39-meter toss. Menawhile, freshman C.J. Phillips placed seventh in men's pole vault at his first collegiate meet.

For the Trojan women, Alexus Cobbs finished tenth in the women's triple jump with an 11.56-meter performance and 14th in the long jump competition.

Troy's men 4x400-meter relay team picked up a third place finish on Saturday. The team of Chaun Lynn, Martin, Tyrell Moore, and Cameron Rice finished in 3:19.56. The women's group of Alexander, McMillian, Wright, and Sierra King placed eighth with a 3:56.16 finish.

The Trojans will spend the next week prepping for the Sun Belt Indoor Championship on February 23rd and 24th at the Birmingham CrossPlex.

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Niceville's West signs to jump, sprint for Troy
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Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 08:58 PM.
It was basketball that led, quite literally, to Aubrey West’s track and field commitment to Troy University.

Given that she will be competing for the Trojans on the track, not the basketball court, it was not her actual basketball talents, per se, that landed her at the Alabama school, but rather a couple of summer camps.

During those camps, which she attended during her junior and senior years, West toured the campus when there was downtime.

She loved how “everything looked new and big,” how it all appeared so expansive and modern, how “beautiful” the gym was. And she especially loved the seclusion of the track, where she would likely spend the majority of her time outside the classroom.

“I could train without anything bothering me,” she said. “I had fallen in love with the campus.”

The coaches had also made her feel welcome and wanted. They traveled to several of her meets, and a first-place sweep at districts in the 100 meters (12.69 seconds), 200 (27.15) and long jump (16 feet, 18.5 inches) no doubt led to them walking away impressed.

“She’s really one of the hardest working kids I’ve coached in a long, long time,” Niceville track coach Jamie LaFollette said. “She’s just got that drive you don’t see a whole lot in high school athletes.

“She’s always trying to fine-tune her jumps or starts or handoffs. I really have no doubt she’ll be a contributing member of that track team within a year.”

West’s jumping career began, as many do, within the confines of the sprinting blocks.

Sprinters build up fast-twitch muscles. Fast-twitch muscles lean favorably to jumping. West, being an energetic kid all her life as well as a basketball player, knew she could jump.

The dots found a way to connect themselves.

“I would see people jumping and I was like ‘Eh, I think I could go higher,’ ” she said. “And then my middle school coach saw me jump and he was like ‘You could be really good with some training.’ ”

She wasn’t overly fond of the high and triple jumps, which tend to box in an athlete’s personality with traditional technique. With long jump, a little more distinction can be added, such as West’s unique “cannonball”-style bound.

“It was definitely Aubrey style,” Niceville sprints coach Zee Hunter said.

“I’ve always been really short and really light,” she said. “So I did a little cannonball thing and it worked. It looked a little unprofessional, but it worked, so people started asking me how to do it.”

Eventually, she hit a plateau with the tucked-in style and began trolling through YouTube for videos of elite jumpers.

There, she discovered a kicking technique, “like running in the air,” she explained, and she hit a personal record within her first few attempts.

Eventually, it led to her medaling at states this year and, ultimately, her commitment to Troy and an extended commitment to the long jump.

“She was every coach’s dream,” Hunter said. “You wish to have a team of Aubreys. I think she’s going to be a great asset to Troy. Aubrey West isn’t finished yet. She’s just getting started.”