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Track and Field: Mokaleng records second fastest time in collegiate history

Mokaleng secures a first place finish in the 4x400 meter relay.
Mokaleng secures a first place finish in the 4×400 meter relay.

The Horned Frogs jumped back in action Friday at the Red Raider Invitational in Lubbock, Texas. As a team, multiple season-bests and first-place finishes were recorded. To top off the day, sophomore Derrick Mokaleng recorded a 1:08 600-meter run, the second fastest time in collegiate history.

Men’s Track and Field Results

“The men’s 600 was outstanding,” track and field head coach Darryl Anderson said. “For Derrick to come out and run 1:08, that’s phenomenal. The other two guys went 1:10 which is right on pace for what they ran last year.”

Vincent Crisp, a Texas Tech sprinter, set the collegiate 600 record with a time of 1:08.16, just 0.02 seconds ahead of Mokaleng. The record was previously set in 1987 by Roddie Haley, an Arkansas sprinter. Sophomore Jostyn Andrews and senior Kevin McClanahan placed third and fourth with times of 1:10.15 and 1:10.70.

Mokaleng produced a spectacular finish in the 4×400 as well. He edged out a first-place finish by 0.23 seconds. The relay squad including sophomore Emmanuel Ogwo, McClanahan and Andrews recorded a time of 3:08.40.

To kick off the meet, senior Jalen Miller placed first in the men’s 60-meter dash, recording a time of 6.66 and ranking first among the men’s 60-meter dash times this season. Senior Emeilo Ferguson placed third with a time of 6.71.

After seeing their successes on the track, Anderson is confident in his team’s ability to compete.

“With Jalen running a 6.66 in the 60 and Emeilo finishing third, I feel really good about all of those guys,” Anderson said.

Sophomore Isaiah Rogers, sophomore Ryan Camp and senior Justin Sanchez swept the men’s weight throw, recording distances of 61 feet 11 inches (18.87m), 61 feet 9.5 inches (18.83m) and 61 feet 4 inches (18.69m). Rogers also placed third in the shot put with a mark of 56 feet 4 inches (17.17m).

“The weight guys competed really well coming out of the break and taking the top three spots,” Anderson said.

In the mile, junior Brendon Hicks placed second with a time of 4:31.08 while junior Patrick LaCour grabbed fifth recording a time of 4:44.07.

Junior Darrion Flowers completed the 200-dash with a time of 21.17 and a fourth-place finish.

Senior Scotty Newton placed second in the triple jump with a distance of 51 feet 7 inches (15.72m).

Women’s Track and Field Results

In the mile, freshman Evelyn Mandel ran a 5:04.80, claiming a second place finish, and junior Erin Barth placed eighth recording a time of 5:15.92.

Senior Nicole Hicks placed second in the 3000-meter race with a 10:23.22 run.

In the 400-meter dash junior Kayla Heard placed third behind a time of 55.73.

For the field events, senior Briona Oliver placed fifth in the long jump with a distance of 18 feet 10.75 inches (5.76m) and freshman Leilyn Miles placed second in the shot put with a 47 feet 5.75 inches (14.47m) throw.

“Leilyn threw 47’5″ in the shot when she has spent a whole week trying to get back set in order to even compete,” Anderson said. “All in all, we have a lot of work to do, but today showed that we did a little bit over the break.”

Up Next

The Frogs will travel to Albuquerque, New Mexico to compete at the New Mexico Team Invitational on Saturday, Jan, 27.

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