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Track and Field Opens Season at UAB Blazer Invitational
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Carrie Smith

1/9/2015
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Troy track and field team began competition on Friday at the UAB Blazer Invitational. Several returning athletes competed along with a few newcomers to kick off the 2015 indoor season.

The Trojan women wrapped up Friday night with three runner's finishing in the top-four in the women's 5000-meter Invitational.. Julia Ostendorf picked up a second place finish with a time of 18:17.23. Mikayla Hodges placed third and Samantha Smith finished in fourth, just seconds short of Ostendorf.

Freshman Naomi Sheppard finished the women's 1000-meter run in 3:16.01 in her first track and field race for the Trojans. Erika Kulp and Kristina Bokenfohr placed right behind Sheppard with times of 3:16.50 and 3:29.17, respectively.

Troy's women's distance medley team composed of Marsel Mosley, Paige McMillian, Alyssa Staubach and Sara Zylstra placed fourth in Friday's race with a time of 13:11.10.

For the Trojan men, freshman Joesph Giese placed third in the 1000-meter run with a time of 2:35.09. Shakiel Parker completed the race in 2:46.12, while Madison Estes was just shy of Parker's time, finishing in 2:48.88.

Chaun Lynn was the lone Troy competitor in the men's 500-meter run, and picked up a twelfth place finish with a time of 1:06.46.

The Trojans also saw their hard work pay off in the men's field events Friday. Zach Douglas placed fifth in the men's weight throw with a distance of 17.09 meters. Myles Charley completed the men's triple jump with a 14.71 meter jump and a sixth place finish.

Competition will commence with the women's 5000-meter run, women's long jump, and men's shot put all starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday morning.

Check back with TroyTrojans.com tomorrow for complete results following all the action.

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Cross Country Competes at Sun Belt Conference Championships
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Kylie Murphy

11/2/2014

MOBILE, Alabama – The Troy cross country team competed at the 2014 Sun Belt Cross Country Championships on Sunday morning at the USS Alabama Memorial Park in Mobile, Alabama. Both the women's and men's squad finished ninth.

In the women's 5k, Troy was led by Mikayla Hodges at a personal-best, 18:19.2 finishing 29th. Julia Ostendorf took second on the team and 31st overall at 18:29.5. Marsel Mosley was Troy's next finisher at 18:46.6. Sarah Zylstra finished next at 19:24.9, followed closely by Samantha Smith at 19:26.9.Katrina Bokefohr rounded out the group with a personal-best time of 19:50.7

"We had a few season personal records," head coach Elliott Blount said. "However, we lacked the competitiveness in the heart of the race, which costed us one or two places in the overall finish."

In the men's 8k, the Trojans were led by Dylan Ogburn at 27:09.1, in 45th place. Sean Kent took second on the team at 27:23.4. Timothy Bulger came in third for Troy at 27:53.0. Joe Giese, Eric Schueller and Cameron McCutheon all finished in a row at 29:03.7, 29:06.6 and 30:04.6, respectively.

"We failed to play to our strengths and with such a small margin of error it showed," Blount said. "We got separated early and we're unable and to recover."

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Cross Country Competes at Sun Belt Conference Championships
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Kylie Murphy

11/1/2014 4:52:00 PM

MOBILE, Alabama – The Troy cross country team competed at the 2014 Sun Belt Cross Country Championships on Sunday morning at the USS Alabama Memorial Park in Mobile, Alabama. Both the women's and men's squad finished ninth.

In the women's 5k, Troy was led by Mikayla Hodges at a personal-best, 18:19.2 finishing 29th. Julia Ostendorf took second on the team and 31st overall at 18:29.5. Marsel Mosley was Troy's next finisher at 18:46.6. Sarah Zylstra finished next at 19:24.9, followed closely by Samantha Smith at 19:26.9.Katrina Bokefohr rounded out the group with a personal-best time of 19:50.7

In the men's 8k, the Trojans were led by Dylan Ogburn at 27:09.1, in 45th place. Sean Kent took second on the team at 27:23.4. Timothy Bulger came in third for Troy at 27:53.0. Joe Giese, Eric Schueller and Cameron McCutheon all finished in a row at 29:03.7, 29:06.6 and 30:04.6, respectively.

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Cross Country Travels to Sun Belt Championships
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Kylie Murphy

11/1/2014 4:52:00 PM

MOBILE, Alabama – Troy is set to compete in the 2014 Sun Belt Conference Cross Country Championships on Sunday, November 2, in Mobile, Ala., at the USS Alabama Memorial Park. The women's 5k race will begin at 10 a.m., while the men's 8k is slated to begin at 11 a.m.

The race is poised to be extremely competitive, with several top-ranked teams in the mix. On the men's side the hosting squad, South Alabama, ranked ninth in the USTFCCCA's South Region rankings. UT Arlington enters the race as the 13th ranked team in the South Central Region. Appalachian State adds to the mix of ranked opponents at 13th in the most recent USTFCCCA Southeast Regional poll.

Set to compete for the Trojans are Timothy Bulger, Joe Giese, Sent Kent, Cameron McCutcheon, Dylan Ogburn and Eric Schueller. The young group is comprised of two sophomores and four freshmen. In August, Ogburn, Giese and McCutcheon paced the team in their very first race at the USS Alabama Memorial Park course.

For the women, Arkansas State, the defending Sun Belt champions, currently are at 10th in the USTFCCCA South Central Region rankings. They have appeared in every poll this season with a high mark of eighth. UT Arlington is in ninth in the same rankings after finishing the Pre-National Invitational in front of Arkansas State. UALR is also ranked at 11th in the South Central Region Rankings. Appalachian State jumped into the rankings this past week at 15th in the Southeast Region.

Set to compete for Troy on the women's side are Katrina Bokenfohr, Mikayla Hodges, Marsel Mosley, Julia Ostendorf, Samantha Smith and Sarah Zylstra. Ostendorf recently set a new personal best at the JSU Foothills Invitational 5k with a time of 18:40.68.

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Cross Country Heads to Florida for Mountain Dew Invitational
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Kylie Murphy

9/19/2014

GAINESVILLE, Florida – The Troy cross country team is heading to Gainesville, Fla., to compete in the 2014 Mountain Dew Gator Invitational on Saturday morning. The meet, which features 29 women's teams and 27 men's teams, is hosted by the University of Florida and will be held at Mark Bostick Golf Course.

Coach Elliott Blount is looking forward to the meet and the prospect of racing against some great competitors. "I'm very excited to get to Gainesville and mix it up against some of the best teams in the south," said Blount. "I think these two groups are really going to get after it. I'm confident the athletes we have running are going to give their best effort of the year."

On the men's side, Tim Bulger, Joe Giese, Eric Schueller, Cameron McCutcheon and Dylan Ogburn are set to compete. The men's 8k race will kick off the day's events promptly at 7:45 a.m.

The women's 5k race will begin at 8:30 a.m. Competing for the Trojan women will be Katrina Bokenfohr, Mikayla Hodges, Marsel Mosley, Julia Ostendorf, Samantha Smith and Sara Zylstra.

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Trojans Excel in Final Day of Alabama Relays, Move up National Rankings
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Joe St. Pierre

3/22/2014 8:14:00 PM

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Saturday marked the final day of competition at the Alabama Relays for the Troy University track team. The Trojans had strong performances throughout the three day meet and capped off Saturday with several outstanding achievements.

"It was a great day for the Trojans," said head coach Jill Lancaster. "Cox continued the momentum from yesterday by placing second in the discus with a personal best. Jordan (Landburg) and Ben (Martin) were tremendous on the men's side, moving up the national rankings. Both teams continue to get better. At the end of the day, the veterans put up some huge marks, but just as impressive were the number of new athletes who are starting to see themselves in the same position."

Benjamin Martin competed in the 100-meter dash invitational, placing second with a time of 10.28 seconds. This time marks a new school record in the event for Martin, breaking the previous record that had stood since 1988. Martin is now ranked first in the Sun Belt and third in the NCAA for the men's 100-meter dash.

Jordan Landburg placed second in the 400-meter dash invitational with a time of 46.84 seconds, the fastest time in Division I this year. Landburg moves into third in Troy history in the event, behind George Bullard and the legendary Coach "O", Charles Oliver.

Troy also had impressive performances in the field events. Corina Cox, who is ranked ninth in the NCAA in discus, finished second with a 49.99-meter throw and a new season best in today's competition.

Martin also ran in the 4x100-meter relay along with Landburg, Thaddeus Curtis and Phillip Pritchett. The team placed second with a time of 40.61 seconds, moving into the top-10 in the nation in the event.

Curtis completed the men's 110-meter hurdle race in 14.51 seconds, bringing in a fourth place finish. Sean Kent placed fifth in the men's 3000-meter steeplechase with a time of 10:25.07.

Myles Charley finished eleventh in the men's long jump with a 7.00-meter jump. Today's performance is just nine-hundredths short of his conference leading performance at the Jaguar Opener. Charley is also seventh in the NCAA in the event.

The women's distance medley team of Marsel Mosley, Sierra King, Sara Lane and Julia Ostendorf finished in fourth place with a time of 13:03.76.

The women's 4x100-meter relay team of Paige McMillan, Sierra King, Tiffany Slater and Alexus Cobbs took 12th at 48.41 seconds...


Trojans Begin Competition at Sun Belt Championships
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Joe St. Pierre

2/24/2014 9:53:00 PM

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Trojans got competition started at the Sun Belt Championships at the Birmingham CrossPlex on Monday. Several Trojans set personal bests on the day. Competition concludes on Tuesday.

"At the end of the day we had strong performances even though points did not show up on the board," said head coach Jill Lancaster. "We will continue to focus on what lies ahead of us in day two."

"Just like in any other sporting event, the scoreboard is what matters," said distance coach Jeff Jenkins. "It feels good to get through day one and put some points on the scoreboard in a distance event. It's been quite a while and it only shows what is to come."

Dallas Worthy advanced to the finals of the 400-meters, winning her heat and finishing fifth overall with a season-best time of 57.20 seconds. She will compete again on Tuesday at 1 p.m. Taylor McDonald placed 17th in the event with a time of 59.84 seconds.

Troy's 4000-meter distance medley team of Samantha Smith, Tiffany Slater, Marsel Mosley and Julia Ostendorf placed eighth with a time of 12:29.05.

Ali Taylor placed 13th in the weight throw with a toss of 15.05 meters, setting a personal-best.

Aleeah Stigarll placed 14th in the high jump with a personal-best leap of 1.56 meters. The jump moved her into 10th in program history in the event. Stigarll would go on to take 20th in the long jump with a leap of 5.26 meters.

Lacey Marcus earned 11th in the 60-meters hurdles with a time of 9.07 seconds. Adria Hill took 20th in the 60-meter dash at 8.00 seconds.

Competition wraps up tomorrow, beginning at 9 a.m. Check back with TroyTrojans.com for complete results following all the action.


Trojans Begin Competition at Samford Multi and Invitational
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Joe St. Pierre

2/7/2014 10:40:00 PM

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The Troy track and field team opened up competition at the Samford Multi and Invitational at the Birmingham CrossPlex on Friday morning. The first day of competition featured the pentathlon, 200-meter dash, 5000-meters and distance medley.

Aleeah Stigarll and Riley Schwietz represented the Trojans in the indoor pentathlon. Stigarll placed 18th with 2,865 points, while Schweitz finished in 22nd with 2,312 points. Both athletes saw season-best times in the 60-meter hurdles. Schweitz completed the event with a 9.27 and Stigarll finished in 9.45.

Dallas Worthy finished the 200-meter dash with a time of 26.26, with Sierra King and Adria Hill finishing closely behind. King finished with a time of 26.38 and Hill completed in 26.50.

Julia Ostendorf placed 12th in the 5,000 meters, finishing with a time of 18:21.64. Freshman Samantha Smith posted a time of 19:11.73, which gives her a season-best for the event.

Troy's distance medley squad of Ostendorf, Tiffany Slater, Marsel Mosley, and Smith finished with a time of 13:20.76.

Competition wraps up tomorrow. Running events will begin at the CrossPlex at 9 a.m. and field events will get started at 10 a.m.


Several Trojans with Breakout Performances at TSU Invitational
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Joe St. Pierre

2/1/2014 8:22:00 PM

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Troy University track and field competed at the TSU Invitational on Saturday at the Wilma Rudolph Indoor Track, with several Trojans posting season-best results. Just one meet remains for the Trojans before the 2014 Sun Belt Championships.

"Even with the snow and missed days our team came to compete today," said head coach Jill Lancaster. "Our coaching staff can see progress, even on those that did not see it in the final results. For now we'll go back and review video to be ready for the next meet, our last before the Sun Belt Championships."

Julia Ostendorf took eighth in the 1-mile run, finishing in 5:21.79, her fastest time of the year. Sara Lane placed 19th in the event at 5:32.12.

Both Lacey Marcus and Riley Schwietz qualified for the finals in the 55-meter hurdles. Schwietz went on to take sixth in the finals at 8.53 seconds, while Marcus placed 10th at 8.73 seconds. Schwietz's time moves her into the top-10 in the Sun Belt Conference in the event.

Adria Hill narrowly missed qualifying or the finals in the 55-meter dash, taking 13th at 7.42 seconds, while Marsel Mosley placed 17th in the 800-meters with a time of 2:28.46.

Dallas Worthy took home 12th in the 200-meter dash with a time of 25.91, while Taylor McDonald placed 20th at 26.68 seconds. Samantha Smith placed 16th in the 5000-meters with a time of 19:31.36.

In the field events, Aleeah Stigarll earned 12th in the high jump with a leap of 1.53 meters. Madison Cooper placed 17th in the event with a jump of 1.48 meters. Stigarll would go on to take ninth in the long jump at 5.50 meters, while Cobbs placed 12th in the triple jump with a leap of 11.33 meters.

Hayley Watts took home fifth place in the pole vault with a leap of 3.11 meters, her best vault of the season. Corina Cox picked up a ninth place finish in the shot put with a toss of 11.77 meters. Allison Taylor took 13th in the weight throw at 12.60 meters.

Troy's distance medley squad of Ostendorf, Lane, Tabitha Parker and Tina Bokenfohr placed seventh with a time of 12:44.02. The 4x400 meter relay team of Worthy, McDonald, Aleeza Kempton and Sierra King took eighth at 4:01.81, while Slater, Amiracle Watson, Schweitz and Stigarll placed 10th at 4:09.89.

Next up for the Trojans is a return visit to the CrossPlex in Birmingham for the Samford Multi and Invitational on February 7 and 8, the last meet before the Sun Belt Championships. Check back with TroyTrojans.com as the event gets closer for more information.


Trojans Begin Competition at Samford Multi and Invitational
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Joe St. Pierre

2/7/2014 10:40:00 PM

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The Troy track and field team opened up competition at the Samford Multi and Invitational at the Birmingham CrossPlex on Friday morning. The first day of competition featured the pentathlon, 200-meter dash, 5000-meters and distance medley.

Aleeah Stigarll and Riley Schwietz represented the Trojans in the indoor pentathlon. Stigarll placed 18th with 2,865 points, while Schweitz finished in 22nd with 2,312 points. Both athletes saw season-best times in the 60-meter hurdles. Schweitz completed the event with a 9.27 and Stigarll finished in 9.45.

Dallas Worthy finished the 200-meter dash with a time of 26.26, with Sierra King and Adria Hill finishing closely behind. King finished with a time of 26.38 and Hill completed in 26.50.

Julia Ostendorf placed 12th in the 5,000 meters, finishing with a time of 18:21.64. Freshman Samantha Smith posted a time of 19:11.73, which gives her a season-best for the event.

Troy's distance medley squad of Ostendorf, Tiffany Slater, Marsel Mosley, and Smith finished with a time of 13:20.76.

Competition wraps up tomorrow. Running events will begin at the CrossPlex at 9 a.m. and field events will get started at 10 a.m.


Track and Field Closes Fall with Inter-Squad Scrimmage
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Joe St. Pierre

12/9/2013 2:19:00 PM

TROY, Ala. – The Troy University track and field team wrapped up the fall training season with an inter-squad scrimmage last week. Several newcomers performed well while the returners demonstrated how hard they worked in the offseason, showing several improved marks.

"This is the eighth season for our end of the year, fall semester inter-squad," director of track and field and cross country Jill Lancaster said. "There is nothing better than competition to bring out the best in these athletes. It is an event which produces a great team effort. Regardless of the Cardinal or White team, our Troy Trojans were winners today. The performances were definitely impressive and we look forward to officially starting the season in 2014..."

"The team looked really good for this time of the year," said assistant coach Shawn Williams. "Our returners are where they should be and our newcomers have been progressing awesome. I am excited to see what happens once we return from break and indoor season begins."

Ostendorf picked up another win in the 1500-meter steeplechase, while freshman Sean Kent won the men's event. Marsel Mosley and Shakiel Parker each won in the 600-meter run.

"I was proud of my group today," distance coach Jeff Jenkins said. "Everyone really worked and sacrificed for team points in every event they competed in. We usually don't see PRs in the inter-squad meet because of its unusual timing and the nature of the meet, but we saw several today. It looks like most of the athletes have kept up their training over the break and I am very proud that they're taking the instructions to heart..."

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Trojans Compete at SBC Championships
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Joe St. Pierre

11/2/2013 1:58:00 PM

TROY, Ala. – Troy University hosted the 2013 Sun Belt Cross Country Championships on Saturday morning at Trojan Oaks, behind Trojan Arena. The women placed eighth overall, while the men took ninth.

"Athletically, our women have really moved up and gotten better," said director of track and field Jill Lancaster. "We had some great compliments from some of the top teams that our women's team is getting better. We're really proud of their effort. They improved since the last time they ran this course, a very tough course."

Nearly every runner for Troy posted a faster time than at the Coach "O" Invitational three weeks ago, a race that took place on the same course.

The women were led by Julia Ostendorf at 19:07.3, finishing in 22nd. Mikayla Hodges took second on the team and 33rd overall at 19:47.7. Haley Davies beat her Coach "O" time by 43 seconds, taking 42nd at 20:12.7.

Marsel Mosley was Troy's next finisher at 20:29.3, followed by Samantha Smith at 20:57.4. Sara Lane posted a time of 21:18.6, followed closely by Rae Leach at 21:21.2. Keaton Wallace rounded out Troy's competitors with a time of 21:35.9.

"Just like the women, this conference is changing," said Lancaster. "We struggled a bit, but Enock finished his career as our number one runner. The most exciting thing was what we saw out of the people behind Enock. They made some big pushes and ran better than they've run and competed hard."

The men's side was a similar story, as Troy's top four finishers posted course-bests. Enock Kirui took 29th overall with a time of 27:10.2. Sean Kent cut off nearly two minutes from his Coach "O" time, finishing in 45th at 27:58.7. Tim Bulger took third on the team at 28:28.0, followed closely by Madison Estes, whose time of 28:28.5 was three minutes faster than his performance at the Coach "O" Invitational.

Travis Lucas rounded out the scorers for Troy with a time of 29:04.6, followed by Jake Bagwell at 29:37.4. Shakiel Parker completed the race in 29:58.8, while Sam Ammons finished in 31:11.8.

"Once again it was great," Lancaster said. "We had alumni back in town, we had the community that came out and we had a lot of the professors that have these students in class. We couldn't ask for a better environment. Everybody that worked, the athletic department, the physical plant, the ground crew and the Sun Belt Conference, we want to thank them for their efforts in helping us put on a top-notch meet."


Trojans Compete at Crimson Classic
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Joe St. Pierre

10/18/2013 10:24:00 PM

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Troy University cross country competed at the Crimson Classic on Friday evening, taking on its final test before the championship season begins. The Trojans will return to this course for the NCAA South Region Championships.

"I felt like we put in a good top-5 this evening," said cross country coach Jeff Jenkins. "It was nice to preview the regional course and race well one more time before the Sun Belt Championships."

The women's team placed 21st, with all eight athletes running season-best 5k times.

Julia Ostendorf led the way at 18:47.39, placing 74th overall. Mikayla Hodges was Troy's next finisher at 111th with a time of 19:20.55.

Marsel Mosley placed third on the squad at 19:56.83 and Haley Davies took fourth for the Trojans at 20:06.57. Samantha Smith was Troy's final scorer at 20:12.16.

Keaton Wallace finished in 20:30.80, while Kat Bokenfohr came in at 20:47.15. Rae Leach rounded out the Trojan competitors at 21:12.67...

"I was really impressed with the team effort today," said head track and field coach Jill Lancaster. "They worked as a unit and ran with a lot of spirit, which gives us confidence heading into the conference meet. Coach Jenkins has really done a great job with these athletes, as you can see from their improvement and the way they've all seemed to grasp 'the Trojan way'."


Troy Men Dominate Coach "O" Invitational, Women Take Second
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Joe St. Pierre

10/12/2013 2:26:00 PM

TROY, Ala. – Enock Kirui took the individual title, while the Troy men won the team championship and the women finished second at the 2013 Coach "O" Invitational on Saturday morning at the newly renovated Trojan Oaks golf course on the campus of Troy University.

"This meet has gotten better and better every time we do it and I'm really happy with the way everything turned out today," cross country coach Jeff Jenkins said. "On the men's side, they packed up very closely for the first two miles and sat comfortably about 200-meters behind the leader. At about halfway through the race I told Enock to go and he separated from the pack. At about the 6k mark Enock took his only lead of the race and never looked back. He gapped the individual runner-up by over 30 seconds in a span of about a mile."

The Troy men won with a score of 20 points, while the women scored 48 points and finished in a tie for second.

Kirui dominated the competition, winning by nearly 40 seconds, finishing the 8k race in 27:49.61. Troy also had the three other athletes finish in the top-5, with Tim Bulger taking third, Sean Kent taking fourth and Jake Bagwell finishing in fifth. Bulger finished in 29:17.65, Kent in 29:56.30 and Bagwell in 30:03.63.

Shakiel Parker was Troy's final scorer, placing seventh overall in 30:22.06. Sam Ammons placed ninth at 31:05.78 and Madison Estes took 10th at 31:23.55. Cameron Allen competed well in his first race, finishing in 12th with a time of 31:46.58.

"Julia led the women with another great performance," Jenkins said. "She ran around 40 seconds faster than what she did at this meet last year and she pulled some of the other ladies along very well. We went home with three ladies in the top ten, so I have to be happy about that."

Julia Ostendorf was once again Troy's top finisher, placing fifth overall with a time of 19:20.74, while Mikayla Hodges placed seventh at 19:48.71. Marsel Mosley took ninth in her first 5k race as a Trojan, finishing in 20:31.49.

"What a great day," said head track and field coach Jill Lancaster. "We really liked what we saw out of both women's and men's teams today. We had the opportunity to run on the newly renovated Trojan Oaks golf course for the first time. We were delighted with what we saw athletically and facility wise in preparation for the Sun Belt Cross Country Championships. The course is very spectator friendly while providing a beautiful but challenging course for the athletes...


Trojans Compete at Georgia State Invitational
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Joe St. Pierre

9/20/2013 5:50:00 PM

HAMPTON, Ga. – The Troy University cross country team competed at the Georgia State Invitational on Friday afternoon, facing off against some of the top competition in the region.

"It was about 88 degrees and dry today, but some people really had a breakout race," said cross country coach Jeff Jenkins. "There were some big statements made today by the women's squad and they're just getting started."

The women finished fourth overall with 98 points. Julia Ostendorf was once again the top finisher for the Trojans, completing the 4k race in 15:10.29 and finishing seventh. Mikayla Hodges came in 16th at 15:34.61, while Marsel Mosley took 22nd at 16:12.54.

Samantha Smith placed 24th overall at 16:19.04 and Sara Lane took 30th with a time of 16:35.46. Rae Leach placed 47th in 17:16.15.

"Julia put herself in front of Georgia State's number two girl and Mikayla was right there in the chase pack," Jenkins said. "I was most impressed with Rae Leach who had the biggest race of her life to date. As deep as our women's team is, she stepped up and took a spot on the bus to Louisville."

On the men's 8k, Tim Bulger took the top spot on the team, finishing 24th in 29:27.70. Sean Kent finished right behind him in 26th at 29:50.78.

Shakiel Parker took home 30th at 30:04.62, while Sam Ammons placed 31st in 30:15.82. Madison Estes was Troy's fifth scorer, placing 32nd at 30:22.49. Jake Bagwell narrowly missed scoring for the Trojans, placing 35th with a time of 30:43.77

"I wasn't too happy with the men's team, but there were a few positive moments," said Jenkins. "Tim Bulger stepped to the plate and overcame some tough conditions. Madison Estes showed that he is deserving of a varsity spot in his first ever race at that distance."

"Today produced some good and showed that some need to step up," said director of track and field and cross country Jill Lancaster. "The heat was tough but the women really challenged each other and worked well as a team. I feel confident that coach Jenkins will have the men doing the same thing in a few weeks."


Troy Competes at Trojan Invitational
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Joe St. Pierre

8/30/2013 8:31:00 PM

TROY, Ala. – The Troy University cross country team hosted its first meet of the season on Friday night, the Trojan Invitational. Eight total teams participated in the event that saw several Trojan athletes post quality times.

The men's side put up some solid performances in the 5k race, finishing third overall. Enock Kirui led the Trojans at 16:49.40, finishing sixth. Next in line for Troy was newcomer Travis Lucas in 15th, who posted a time of 17:24.93. Troy's third finisher was also a newcomer, with Shakiel Parker placing 19th at 17:41.78.

"Some of the freshmen did really well today," said cross country coach Jeff Jenkins. "Some of them were bold early in the race, and they paid for it late, but that's something that we will be working on over these next nine weeks."

Sean Kent placed 21st, finishing the race in 17:49.24, while Sam Ammons was Troy's final scorer, placing 23rd with a time of 17:57.46.

Timothy Bulger finished just outside of the top five for the Trojans in 24th, completing the race in 18:12.34. Madison Estes also had a solid race, placing 27th at 18:38.37.

On the women's side, Troy placed fifth overall with 113 points. Julia Ostendorf, Troy's top returner, returned to form with an 11th place finish in 11:14.81. Freshman Mikayla Hodges finished 17th in her first collegiate race with a time of 11:28.93.

"Today's 3k was an odd distance," Jenkins said. "I think overall they ran really well though. The best thing that we did today was put people together. There weren't any big gaps between athletes, something that we've had in the past."

Marsel Mosley picked up a 26th place finish in 12:04.81, while Sara Lane finished 30th in 12:14.43. Right behind Lane was Samantha Smith, placing 31st in 12:16.27.

Keaton Wallace took 33rd in 12:19.11, while Haley Davies placed 43rd in 12:44.90. Tina Bokenfohr and Kat Bokenfohr placed 44th and 45th, respectively.

"We had a good first race," coach Jill Lancaster said. "I'm happy with the performances today. It was also great to see so many students, both athletes and otherwise, stick around after the pep rally to support our team, and we hope that they come back for our next meet, the Coach "O" Invitational, and the Sun Belt Championships in November."

The Trojans now travel to South Alabama for the Azalea City Classic on September 14.


Trojan Track and Field Adds 24 With 2013 Recruiting Class
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Joe St. Pierre

2/22/2013 4:14:00 PM

TROY, Ala. – Troy University track and field and cross country, as well as head coach Jill Lancaster are happy to announce their 2013 recruiting class. 15 female and nine male student-athletes will join the program next year.

“Obviously we feel this class of early signees have the talent to propel our program to the next level,” Lancaster said. “This is a great reflection and complement to our staff to be able to attract such gifted and talented athletes who will represent Troy University, our athletic program and the community at a very high level athletically and academically.”

The class features student-athletes from seven different states, including seven from Alabama. The women's team brings in eight distance runners, while the men's squad will see five new faces.

ATHLETES

Female
Event Hometown Previous School
Makensie Block Distance Woodstock, Ga. Woodstock HS
Katrina Bokenfohr Distance Enterprise, Ala. Enterprise HS
Kristina Bokenfohr Distance Enterprise, Ala. Enterprise HS
Corina Cox Throws Los Fresnos, Texas Los Fresnos HS
Madison Hale Distance Marrietta, Ga. Carlton J. Kell HS
Sara Lane Distance Tallahassee, Fla. Chiles HS
Rae Leach Distance Gadsden, Ala. Westbrook Christian
Marsel Mosley Distance Niceville, Fla. Niceville HS
Sarah Northup Distance Howey in the Hills, Fla. Tavares HS
Tabitha Parker Distance Fort Myers, Fla. Riverdale HS
Mariah Pennington Throws Huntsville, Ala. Huntsville HS
Riley Schwietz Heptathlon/Hurdles Frisco, Texas Wakeland HS
Lauren Smith Throws West Union, Iowa Iowa Central CC
Aleeah Stigarll Heptathlon/Jumps Mansfield, Texas Mansfield HS
Ali Taylor Throws Kansas City, Mo. Staley HS

WOMEN...

Marsel Mosley

Personal Bests
5k XC – 18:19.71
3200 – 11:35.38
1600 – 5:13.26
800 – 2:20.23

Prior to coming to Troy, Mosley was an accomplished distance runner at Niceville High School in Niceville, Fla. She competed in both track and field and cross country, holding several school records. Mosley, the FHSAA 3A District 1 XC Champion, was named the Florida Daily Newspaper Runner of the Year, was team MVP three times and the Okaloosa County champion.

“Marsel is one of the top distance runners in our region,” said Jenkins. “She is highly competitive and motivated despite an inactive senior cross country season. I'm watching for Marsel to be an immediate points scorer at Sun Belt in anything from 800-meters to 10,000-meters and a possible all-conference cross country runner for Troy women...”