Hilltopper Relays Day 2

Western Kentucky seniors Oliver Alexandre (left) and Lincoln Warren compete Saturday, April 6, 2019, in the men's 400 meter dash at the Hilltopper Relays at WKU's Charles M. Reuter Track & Field Complex. They finished fourth and fifth with times of 46.68 and 47.06, respectively. (Bac Totrong/photo@bgdailynews.com)

After splitting last weekend to travel to Tennessee and Austin Peay, Western Kentucky's track & field teams will divide again as the split squad travels to the Mt. SAC Relays in Torrance, Calif., and the Georgia Tech Invitational in Atlanta.

Several Hilltoppers will travel to the California, while the rest of the track and field squad will head to Georgia.

“The Mt. SAC Relays provides quality competition. You get a lot of elite athletes,” WKU coach Erik Jenkins said in a news release. “We need that type of competition to be prepared. Same thing going to Georgia Tech, there will be very good competition at Georgia Tech. Last year, our Lady Toppers did a very good job down there.”

On Friday, the Mt. SAC Relays start with the 3,000-meter steeplechase and 10,000-meter run. The majority of the collegiate action takes place on Saturday beginning at 1 p.m. CT with the preliminary race of the 110-meter hurdles. WKU will compete in events throughout the day on a rolling schedule.

At the Georgia Tech Invitational, both track and field events will kick off the first day. The hammer throw is the first field event beginning at 10 a.m. CT on Friday while the women’s 100-meter hurdles is the first race starting at 5 p.m. CT. Saturday starts with women’s high jump at 10 a.m. CT with running events starting at noon.

In its last time out, WKU went to two separate meets in Tennessee. A few Hilltoppers traveled to the Tennessee Relays in Knoxville, Tenn., while the Lady Topper team went to the APSU Governors’ Invite in Clarksville, Tenn. WKU brought home four event titles and 12 top-five finishes.

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