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McMurry Track Newcomers Stand Out at Day 2 of Texas Tech Masked Rider Open

Published On: Jan 19 2013 08:43:48 PM CST
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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Day 2 of the Texas Tech Masked Rider Open indoor track meet saw several of McMurry University's new faces step up in the non-scoring meet.

In events on the track on Saturday for the McM women, it was sophomore Tiana Alexander posting the team's best time in the 55-meter dash (7.55), finishing 33rd out of 63 competitors.

In the 400 meters, a pair of freshmen – Kelsey Edwards and Jasmine Williams – had the best finishes. Edwards was 18th (out of 54 entrants) in a time of 1:00.98, while Williams was 21st (1:01.30).

Freshman Mercedes Bietendorf was 26th in the 800 meters (2:37.16). CeCe Ramirez – one of the War Hawks' top cross country runners in the fall – placed 19th (11:36.42) out of 43 runners in the 3000 meters.

In the 55-meter hurdles, freshman Tanesha Johnson finished 23rd (of 39) in her first collegiate competition. Johnson crossed the line at 9.11 seconds.

In the women's field events, sophomore Mariah Steinbock cleared 10'4” in the pole vault to tie for eighth.

On the men's side of the action, senior Trevon Odom was 21st out of 70 entries on the 55 meters. Odom ran a 6.64, finishing third in his heat.

In the men's 400 meters, freshman Lance Andrews was 22nd (50.75), followed by sophomore Willie Poindexter (51.34) in 30th in the 74-runner field.  In the men's 800 meters, freshman Anthony Todd was 33rd in a time of 2:01.74.

Freshman Luke Scribner finished in the upper portion of the indoor mile, placing 13th (out of 31) in a time of 4:39.28.  Fellow frosh Brandon Porter was the War Hawks' top placer in the 3000 meters (9:34.34) in 28th.

Poindexter and freshman Chris Veail were 28th and 29th, respectively, in the 55-meter hurdles. Poindexter booked a time of 8.43 and Veail 8.49 seconds.

Veail had an impressive effort in the pole vault where he finished fourth in the Section B competition. Veail cleared 14'7 ¼” in his collegiate debut.

Veteran Dillon Wilkins earned a seventh place in the men's triple jump. Wilkins, who owns McMurry's school indoor record already in the TJ, leaped 46'4 ¾”.

Freshman Garrison Railsback placed 12th in the men's shot put (39'11 ½”).