By Wynton Thomason
LOGOS SPORTS EDITOR
The University of the Incarnate Word’s track-and-field teams competed for the first time this spring in the Southland Conference Indoor Championships – a Division I event.
The transition was clearly evident throughout the week at the championships in Birmingham, Ala., as many struggled to earn points for the men’s and women’s teams. Despite the growing pains, UIW had a number of athletes in individual events who were very competitive but just missed out on placing.
The top finish for the women’s team was a tie for fifth place by Jasmine Waring, a sophomore rehabilitative sciences major from San Antonio in the high jump with a clearance of ‘5-5”. After the tie-breaking jump, she would end the meet in 10th place.
Irma Garza, a junior rehabilitative sciences major from San Antonio, took eighth in the mile with a time of 5:08.69, a day after setting the UIW record in the same event. Later in the day, Garza broke her own record as a Lady Cardinal in 3,000 meters with a time of 10:26.32.
Senior accounting major Shaneve Swift of San Antonio placed eighth in the 400 meters with her best time of the year, 56.56. The 4×400 relay also broke a school record with a time of 3:52.51 to achieve a sixth-place finish. That team consisted of Swift and three freshmen: physical therapy major Jasmine Richardson of Corpus Christi, kinesiology major Brittany Ponce of San Antonio and sports management major Jasmine Williams of Huntsville.
Many other Lady Cardinals just missed out on placing in the meet. Freshman biology major Myah Antwi of Huntsville just missed scoring in the shot put with a toss of 41-3.25. But she was the top freshman in the event. Elizabeth Edohoukwa of Frisco also just missed out on putting points on the board for the Cardinals. She broke the school record in the triple jump with a distance of 37-4.5 but didn’t place.
“Many of our younger athletes have never competed indoors,” said Dupree. “The track is much shorter and you have to run differently in practices according to those differences.”
The UIW men also had a difficult but overall successful meet. They solely scored their points of the championship in the 4×400 relay. The team consisted of four freshmen – undecided major Darien Lopez of Sonora, undecided major Jamari Gilbert of Baytown, rehabilitative sciences major Anthony Johnson of Hutto and sports management major Chris DeWitt of San Antonio — who circled the track in 3:19.14 to take eighth place. Senior engineering management major Chance Dziuk of Stockdale beat his own school record in the weight throw with a toss of 55-2.75 and finished ninth. His teammate, sophomore accounting major Ernesto Aguilar of Devine, also set a personal record in the event with a throw of 49-7.25. Another underclassman, freshman biology major Kevin Carnett of San Antonio also shared success, being the top finisher for the Cardinals in the heptathlon with 4,293 points. He barely missed setting a new school record by three points.
“Our athletes did a great job of accomplishing their goals and setting their own personal records,” said Rosemary Dupree, an assistant coach. “They missed out on placing but they did a great job. Either way, I am proud of them. We have a group of athletes who are great in their events as well as in the classroom.”