WKU Track and Field wrapped up the 2019 Conference USA Indoor Championships with four All-Conference performances across the two-day meet hosted by UAB. Martin Owusu-Antwi, Katie Isenbarger and the men’s 4×400-meter relay each recorded second-team All-Conference performances while Annastacia Forrester earned third-team All-Conference recognition. Collectively, the Hilltoppers finished ninth in the team standings while the Lady Toppers placed 10th.
“We had some solid performances in this championship meet,” head coach Erik Jenkins opened. “Our sprinters made some progress throughout the meet. Additionally, I was really proud of the way our ladies competed in the jumps. They posted several solid marks and fought to beat national-caliber athletes.”
In her first Conference USA Track and Field Championships appearance, Katie Isenbarger earned second place in the women’s high jump with a school-record clear of 1.80 meters (5’ 10.75”). That mark ties her for the 14th-best mark in the NCAA with just one freshman owning a better reading. Isenbarger is the fifth Lady Topper in program history to earn All-Conference recognition in the indoor high jump, joining Sandra Akachukwu for C-USA honors.
Annastacia Forrester joined Isenbarger on the high jump podium with a third-team All-Conference outing after clearing 1.71 meters (5’ 7.25”) to tie for third place. Both Isenbarger and Forrester’s jumps were career bests.
Continuing in the women’s field events, Getter Lemberg finished tied for fourth place in the pole vault after recording a 3.76-meter (12’ 4”) clear – a new indoor career best for the senior.
As the day went on, the Lady Toppers saw two more individuals pick up points in the triple jump. Myesha Nott took home a fourth-place finish with a 12.72-meter (41’ 8.75”) bound. The mark doubles as the second-best triple jump reading in indoor program history. Forrester secured points in the event as well, finishing eighth with a career-best 12.14-meter (39’ 10”) jump.
On the track, the Lady Toppers saw Juannae Lewis run a personal-best 200-meter mark of 24.17 to earn fourth place. The reading is WKU’s best time of the indoor season.
The Lady Toppers’ top times continued into the distance events as Savannah Heckman (10:51.68), Morgan Kannapel (11:33.08) and Lauren Roby (12:11.71) all ran their season best times in the 3,000-meter race.
On the men’s side, Will Bush got Sunday’s scoring started with a fourth-place finish in the 60-meter dash as the senior ran a 6.88. In the 400 meter dash, Oliver Alexandre and Kymari Gates finished seventh and eighth, respectively. Alexandre ran a 47.16 while Gates clocked a 47.30.
WKU saw senior Abdur Kelly earn a seventh-place finish in the 800-meter run finals. Kelly ran a 1:54.29 – his best mark as a Hilltopper.
In the men’s 200-meter dash, two Hilltoppers earned top-eight finishes as Martin Owusu-Antwi picked up second-team All-Conference honors. Owusu-Antwi ran a 21.04, WKU’s season-best mark in the event. Austin Hayes also collected points for the Red and White with an eighth place finish after running a 21.89.
On the men’s distance side, Emerson Wells (8:54.30), Dedrick Troxell (8:56.12), Ethan Snyder (9:19.17) and Luke Hoover (9:19.92) all run season-best times in the 3,000-meter race.
Brett Brannon recorded his second personal best in as many days after posting a mark of 11.75 meters in the men’s shot put.
WKU wrapped up the meet with a second-team All-Conference performance by its men’s 4×400-meter relay squad. Lincoln Warren, Owusu-Antwi, Alexandre and Gates combined for a 3:09.26 reading – a mark that surpassed the prior Conference USA Championships meet record.
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