Jan. 18, 2014
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The Florida Atlantic University track and field team opened the 2014 indoor track season at the seventh annual Jimmy Carnes Invitational at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center on Friday, Jan. 17. The Owls' performance has landed numerous student-athletes on Conference-USA's top-10 list.
On the women's side, the 4x400 meter relay team took first-place honors and is ranked sixth in the conference with a final time of 3:54.45. The team consisted of returners Tanisha Coppin and Danielle Aromashodu as well as newcomers Deja Jones and Sitia Martinez.
Aromashodu is also ranked in the conference for the 400 meter dash. Her final time of 58.02 was good for fifth-place in C-USA and eighth-place for the meet. Jones followed Aromashodu clocking in at 58.30 good for ninth place and eighth in the conference. Coppin finished the event in 10th with a final time of 58.44.
Annie Cooper crossed the finish line for the 8000 meter run in 2:28.30. The freshman's time was good for 11th-place while teammate Tia-Rose Raymond finished fifteenth. Chloe Sell was FAU's top finisher in the one mile run recording a final time of 5:21.33 for 12th-place. Returners Kia Heller-Spencer and Tara Cripe finished the event in 14th and 15th-place, respectively. Sell also took FAU's top finish in the 3000 meter with a final time of 10:30.02 for sixth-place.
For the men's team, FAU's leading runner Michael Vidal set two new school records in the mile and the 3000 meter. Vidal claimed victory in the one mile run with a final time of 4:10.67, nearly 11 seconds faster than the second finisher. The junior recorded a second-place finish in the 3000 meter crossing the finish line in 8:38.43.
For all conference ranked runners, the times displayed on Conference USA's Top Performers list are converted to the banked track.
FAU competes next at the two-day JDL Fast Track Meet in Winston-Salem, NC starting on Friday, Jan. 31.