ABILENE, Texas – McMurry University Track & Field hosted its annual War Hawks Classic at Wilford Moore Stadium on Friday, winning multiple events and celebrating 11 seniors from the program with a special ceremony.
The meet was scored, as the War Hawks finished first on the men’s and women’s side. The men finished with 201 points, while the women ended with 171.5 points.
Six other institutions – including local schools Hardin-Simmons and Abilene Christian – competed in the meet, as well as some unattached athletes. American Southwest Conference opponents UT Dallas and Concordia Texas also sent athletes to the meet.
- Kelby Tidwell had an outstanding senior day meet, earning a triple-personal record and national ranking in the pole vault to clear at 3.45 meters. Her previous PR was 3.26m to win the 2021 ASC Championship. Saturday, she cleared 3.30m, 3.36m and 3.45m – the latter two of which came on the first try. Tidwell also set a PR in the triple jump at 10.74m and won the 400 meter hurdles at 1:11.86.
- Jayden Gonzales competed for the second time this season and set a PR in the javelin with a throw of 46.18m to finish third at the meet. Trending upward, the pole vault and javelin specialist ranks ninth in the conference.
- Jessy Villagomez – a two-time ASC runner-up in the men’s shotput – moved into third in the conference with a season-high mark of 13.82m Saturday.
- Seth Setovich had a career-meet Saturday, pumping up his teammates with a 41.49m throw in the men’s hammer throw. The mark was his first over 40 meters. He now ranks fourth in the ASC as McMurry owns the top four spots in the conference.
- His football and track teammate Daniel Zarzoza III set a new season-high in the discus with a mark of 39.72m – very close to his PR set last season in the 2021 ASC Championships at 39.77m.
- Fellow multi-sport athlete Cahlyl Rossin set PRs in the triple jump and long jump with respective marks of 11.79m and 5.84m.
- John Zuniga Jr. finished second in the men’s 1500 with a time of 4:13.32. Fellow senior Andres Martinez joined him in the event and finished sixth with a time of 4:20.01.
- Caitlin Crow ran the women’s 1500 and had a time of 5:36.60.
- Though they did not compete Saturday, Nandhi Brown and Tess Headrick were each recognized in between events at the meet as long-time members of the program.
- Jayden Sloan had a strong performance in the 400 meter hurdles, winning the event with a personal best time of 53.02. He ranks fifth in the nation and first in the ASC.
- Dazhaun Walton ran the 100, 200 and both relays, placing second in three of the four events. In the 200, he finished second at 21.45 – a one-hundredth of a second off his PR – to rank 35th nationally.
- Jada Morris won two events, including the women’s 100 with her time of 12.54. The event was her first time running the 100 outside of relays.
- Najwa Campbell ran a time of 15.40 in the 100 meter hurdles to win the War Hawks Classic, while also running a 200 time of 26.80 to set a new personal record and move into seventh in the conference.
- Abram Maldonado also earned gold at the meet, winning the 800 with a time of 1:55.97 for a new PR. Gabriel Sanchez also had a PR at 1:57.83 to finish fourth. Victor Leos also showed improvement with a new PR of 2:07.92.
- Walton and three other runners set season-highs or personal records in the 100 for McMurry – Jacorian Colbert (10.88), Jamari Williams (11.01) and Jermond Lovely (11.14).
- Breauna Conner set a personal record in the 400 with a time of 1:00.74 to finish third. She also was part of two relay teams that finished second. Isabella Sanchez and Katelyn Hernandez also set PRs in the 400 and ran on the 4×400 relay.
- Freshman Jaheim Billison ran a PR of 49.84 in the 400 to rank sixth in the ASC, while Griffin Gayler was right behind him at 49.90 in his first collegiate 400. He ranks seventh in the ASC.
- Jazmin Chacon led the way in the women’s 1500 with a time of 4:58.87 to finished second.
- Justin DeLeon ran both hurdle events and landed podium finishes in both, scoring second in the 110 hurdles at 16.27 and third in the 400 hurdles at 56.26.
- McMurry had three runners in the steeplechase, led by local product Patrick Esparza with a time of 10:45.94 to finish second.
- Despite putting more of an emphasis on individual running events Saturday, the War Hawks had success in relays. The men’s 4×100 ran a time of 41.48 to finish third, moving up to sixth in the nation. Colbert, Lovely, Sloan and Walton made up the group.
- The women’s 4×400 now ranks in the national top 50 with a time of 4:05.86. Hernandez, Bethany Guzman, Sanchez and Conner made up the group. The women’s 4×100 ran a time of 49.93.
- DonTre Sinegal and Jayden Sloan set new best in the triple jump and are both nationally-ranked. Sinegal had a mark of 14.36m to rank ninth nationally, while Sloan finished at 13.94m to rank 22nd.
- Jada Morris won the women’s long jump with a mark of 5.29m while also finishing third in the high jump at 5.29m. Both marks were personal records.
- Jermond Lovely moved into 23rd nationally in the long jump, setting a new PR at 7.09m.
- Sutton Welch and Zacchary Pomele both set personal records in the shot put and rank among the conference’s top 10, including a fifth place ranking for Welch. Pomele also set a PR in the discus at 39.74m.
- The women’s throws set 11 new season-high marks over four events – many of which were personal records. Jaalah Puryear finished third in the hammer with a plus-40 mark of 40.94m. Meanwhile, Ellie Ryan finished second in the javelin at 35.83m.
- McMurry now holds the top three hammer spots in the ASC on the women’s side, led by Ryan and Puryear. Elizabeth Cunningham now ranks third with a mark of 39.47m at the War Hawks Classic.
- Glenda Parra and Elizabeth Jordan both had PRs in the discus, as Parra tossed 35.41m and Jordan threw a 34.97m mark.
The Hardin-Simmons’ men’s outdoor track team had a day at the McMurry War Hawk Classic on Friday in Abilene with school records in the long jump and 4x100m relay.
Jacob Torrez flew past the Cowboy long jump record with a 24’ 8 ½” (7.53m) mark. The previous record was at 7.11m for Cowboy outdoor. The 7.53m from Torrez is currently the No. 1 ranked long jump in Division III.
The Cowboy 4x100m relay team beat the time they set just a few weeks ago running a 40.94. That is also a No. 1 time in the nation in the event for Division III, credited to the Cowboy record books with the team of E.J. Konah, Aidan Matthews, Daelen Warren-Fruge, and Parnelle Shands.
Shands led the Cowboys and took second in the 100m with a finish of 10.64. Matthews came in fourth at 10.68. Warren-Fruge clocked 10.80 and Konah came in at 11.03. Torrez ran 11.09 in the 100m, and Pratt finished 11.11, K.J. Peoples ran an 11.18 for the Cowboys and Javarian Belcha came in at 11.20. Ethan Ramirez ran an 11.49 and Zorian Burley finished 11.80 at the 100m.
Konah led the 200m at 22.51, good for seventh place. Peoples ran 22.97 for the Cowboys in the 200m. Caleb Gray ran 54.48 in the 400m for Hardin-Simmons.
Ramirez finished in second with a 55.91 in the 400m hurdles. Chris Freeman ran a 1:00 and J.C. Mayfield went for 1:01 in the hurdles.
Zach Mitchell came in sixth with a time of 1:58 in the 800m. Sharif Ahmed went 2:02 in the event for the Cowboys. Mitchell also got the gold with a win in the 1500m, finishing in 4:11.
Nathaniel Finch led the Cowboy discus throwers with fourth place at 42.06m. Carson Ozbun went for 38.98m and Colton Marshall threw 35.35m. Austin Green went 32.94m in the discus and James Huddleston came in at 26.85m.
Huddleston led the hammer throw with a 22.99m throw. Finch led the shot put at fifth place with a 13.71m. Ahmad Hammonds threw for 12.10m and Ozbun had a 10.72m. Marshall threw for 10.52m and Huddleston had a 10.50m in the shot put for the Cowboys.
Isaiah Poston placed first in the high jump with a 1.98m. Layton Ranson and Garret Rothans tied for second at 1.93m in the high jump. James McIntyre finished at 1.88m along with Jordan Flores. Torrez cleared 1.83m on the day.
Ranson won the javelin for the Cowboys at a distance of 52.88m. Kasen Todd threw for 41.26m while Blaine Warmbrod landed a 40.67m ad Comer finished at 39.19m.
Flores placed third in the long jump at 7.21m. Ranson jumped 6.92m and Konah landed a 6.67m. Chris Touch jumped 6.55m and Rothans had a 6.52m in the long jump. Poston went for 6.51m and McIntyre landed a 6.48m for Hardin-Simmons.
Flores took second in the triple jump at 14.52m. Rae Millsap had a triple jump of 13.26m.
The 4x100m relay team of Belcha, Torrez, Peoples, and Pratt clocked a 42.36.
The 4x400m relay team placed first for the Cowboys at 3:16.81, ran by the team of Pratt, Shands, Ramirez, and Matthews.
The Cowboys will host the HSU Invite on Thursday at the Hardin-Simmons’ Track Complex on Grape Street.
The War Hawks will host the American Southwest Conference Championships on May 5-7 at Wilford Moore Stadium. Before then, the team will look to compete at a handful of regular season meets. Keep up to date at mcmurrysports.com on the track & field pages.