Western Kentucky thrower Tomas Guerra continued his breakout rookie campaign at the prestigious Penn Relays on Saturday, winning the javelin throw title with a personal-record heave of 230-feet-8 inches.
Guerra, a freshman, recorded the second-longest throw in school history and the longest throw in the Sun Belt Conference this season. Guerra leads the league in the javelin throw by more than 27 feet and ranks 16th in the NCAA as of Saturday. His 230-foot-8 inch mark was more than three feet longer than his next closest competitor.
The Hilltoppers’ 4x400-meter relay finished fourth at the meet with a 3:08.66 clocking. The quartet, featuring Elvyonn Bailey, Chris Chamness, Ja’Karyus Redwine and Kamohelo Mangojeane, ran the 10th-fastest time in the country at 3:06.09 at last weekend’s Mt. SAC Relays.
At the Troy Invitation, junior Jessica Ramsey was named the Field Athlete of the Meet after winning the shot put and discus events while notching second place in the hammer throw. Ramsey tallied personal-record performances in all three events, highlighted by her 52-foot-4 ½ inch school-record shot put heave. She broke the former record of 49-feet-7 ¾ inches set by Monteka Flowers last season.
Satrina Oliveira placed second in the discus while earning fourth-place honors in the hammer throw and shot put events.
Travis Gerding continued his breakout sophomore season with a personal-record hammer throw of 186-feet-9 inches to capture runner-up honors. Gerding’s mark ranks sixth in the Sun Belt Conference this season. Senior Houston Croney finished right behind Gerding, placing third with a season-best hammer throw of 184 feet.
And in Louisville, high jumpers Derrick Hill and Donovan Halsel finishing first and second in the high jump at the Bellarmine Classic.
Hill came out on top with a leap of 6-feet-8 ¾ inches while Halsel, a Warren Central High School product, placed second at 6-feet-6 ¾ inches.
Sophomore pole vaulter Karleigh Parker notched her second victory of the season, vaulting 12-feet-9 ½ inches to claim top honors. Her school-record vault of 13-feet-3 ½ inches on April 13 ranks second in the conference this season.
Senior Ana Camargo notched her first triple jump victory of the outdoor season, winning at a clip of 36 feet.
Sprinters Gelela Cooley and Sherria Hester finished second and third in the women’s 400-meter dash, respectively. Cooley clocked in at 55.51 seconds while Hester finished in 57.94 seconds. Cooley also nabbed runner-up honors in the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.55 seconds.
Freshman Lindsey Hinken recorded a second-place finish in the 5,000-meter run, clocking in at 17:44.44.