Lindsey Wilson Women’s Track & Field captures 2018 Mid-South Conference Outdoor Championship
COLUMBIA, Ky. – The Lindsey Wilson Women’s Track & Field team racked up 251 total team points en route to capturing the 2018 Mid-South Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championship on Tuesday at Blue Raider Stadium.
It marks the fourth time in the previous five years the Blue Raiders have won the outdoor title, including a string of three straight. Lindsey Wilson also captured the 2018 MSC Indoor title earlier this year. The Blue Raiders won seven total events on the day to win the competition by 74 points over second-place Cumberlands (Ky.).
In addition to taking home the team title, the Blue Raiders also swept the major individual honors. Safia Bright earned MSC Women’s Athlete of the Year honors, Leia Gregory was the MSC Freshman of the Year, and Jamaine Gordon was selected as the MSC Coach of the Year. Bright was the highest scoring women’s athlete during the three-day competition, while Gregory was the highest scoring freshman and Gordon was chosen by his fellow coaches in the conference.
Bright racked up four victories across the week including three on Tuesday. She started the day by teaming up with Annesha Harris, Alexia DeHaven-Boyd and Leia Gregory to win the 4×100 meter relay with a national A standard time of 46.55 seconds and earn First Team All-Conference honors. Bright followed with a victory in the 100 and 200 meter dash finals. She missed a B cut in the 100 meters by .02 seconds, while collecting a B standard in the 200 meters missing the A cut line by .02 seconds.
Gregory racked up multiple wins in field events. She won the triple jump with a B cut distance of 11.57 meters, missing the A standard mark by .03 meters. Her high jump distance of 1.69 meters was good enough for an A cut, earning Second Team MSC Honors in the process.
Harris won the 100 meter hurdles event, adding a third place in the triple jump event. DeHaven-Boyd accumulated multiple top-three finishes throughout the day. She finished second in the 100 meter dash, first in the 400 meter hurdles, third in the 200 meter dash finals and was a part of the 4×400 meter relay team along with Bright, Lauren Buchanan and Rachel Browning that finished in third place.
Paige Pettell accounted for the final win of the week, taking home first place in the shot put with a toss of 13.18 meters and earning a B cut. Hailey Martin added a third-place finish on the day to add another six team points.
Lindsey Wilson is back in action on May 5 for the Kentucky Relays in Lexington, Kentucky.