T&F: Sand Sharks hit 15 TSC standards; McKeever earns weekly honors

HIghlighted by Sun Conference Field Athlete of the Week Iyana McKeever, the USCB indoor track and field teams shined Sunday, hitting 15 conference qualifying standards at the KMS Invitational in Birmingham, Alabama. 

McKeever collected her second career weekly conference award after standout performances in the women’s triple and long jump. The senior star recorded a mark of 5.49m in the long jump for a fourth-place finish, and was fifth in the triple with a jump of 11.38m. The Statesboro native also competed on the track, reaching the semifinals of the 60m sprint and breaking her personal record in the prelims with a mark of 7.88 seconds. McKeever hit the Sun Conference Championship standard in all three events, qualifying for the postseason meet in the three disciplines on Feb. 6 in Thomasville, Ga.

Teammate Maisonee Jones also excelled on the field, placing seventh in the long jump at 5.25m and finishing in a three-way tie for fifth in the high jump with a mark of 1.55m. 

It was an impressive weekend on the track for the Sand Sharks, led by a gold-medal triumph in the men’s distance medley. The team of Sam Williams, Kadari Mitchell, Shamar Deacon, and Mel Obadiah Jr. combined for a time of 10:51.48, beating the runners-up by over a minute. 

NAIA All-American Mitchell impressed in the 60m with a fourth-place finish of 6.92s. Deacon recorded a strong result in the men’s 400m, clocking in with a time of 50.30s to take eighth place. The freshman, along with Obadiah and Williams, recorded excellent times in the men’s 800m. Obadiah crossed the line with a sixth-place mark of 1:58.90, Deacon finished right behind just four hundredths later, and Williams came across in 10th at 1:58.92. 

McKeever, Deacon, Obadiah, Williams, Jones, Mitchell, Tyson Riley, and Oriana Hernandez all hit Sun Conference qualifying standards on Sunday. 

The Sand Sharks are back in action Saturday at the Embry Riddle Indoor/Outdoor Challenge in Daytona Beach, the final tune-up opportunity before The Sun Conference Championships the following weekend. 

Written by Wes Kerr

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