Jackson/Ivey Win Titles at Lee Flames Invitational

Cleveland, TN. – The first two-day event of the outdoor season wrapped up early Sunday morning as Wheeling Men’s Outdoor & Field took on the Lee Flames Invitational. The Cardinals garnered a pair of gold medal performances with one coming on the and one coming in the field as they rounded out the strong day. It was the first event that the full team competed in this season as they continue their preparation for the 2024 Mountain East Conference (MEC) Championships.

The first gold medal performance of the day would come on the in the 110-Meter Hurdles. For the second meet in a row, Damian Jackson would compete for the Cardinals and took home his second straight first place finish, a time of 14.66 seconds. After just missing the cut for the NCAA DII  National Championship last season, Jackson is looking to make the cut and join Moses Koroma at this year’s event. The other gold medal on the day came from the field as Daimar Ivey competed in the Men’s Triple Jump. He hit a distance of 14.27 meters to get his outdoor season started strong. Kabwe Bwalya would finish two spots behind him in third with a distance of 13.47 meters to round out the day.

The track events would kick things off as the Cardinals had four runners competing in the event. Freshman Jan Wray would top the pack a time of 11.05 to take 19th in the field. Calvin Blunt and Jordan Edwards would also break the 12 second mark with Blunt taking 24th with a time of 11.11 and Edwards would a time of 11.65  to take 43rd in the field. The other sprinting event was the 400-Meter Dash as Jabar Sellers competed and brought home a top 10 finish. He would take 10th in the field with a time of 50.24 seconds as he continued his strong freshman season. The distance runners rounded out the day on the track with Tyler Crook starting things off in the 800-Meter . He set a season best in the event, taking 50th overall with a time of 2:28.07.

Up next was the 1500 Meter as Izaiah Browning led the way in 29th (4:10.16) and Tyler Crook took 86th (5:11.70). CJ Anderson would round out the day in the 5000 meter run and took 48th with a time of 18:07.66 to round out the track events. On the field side of the event, the Cardinals saw the debut of the Men’s Pole Vaulters. Elijah Young would take second in the event in his outdoor debut, vaulting a height of 4.34 meters for his first top five finish of the season. The jumpers would round out the day with the Men’s Long Jump and Young would once again lead the way with a fourth place finish at 6.00 meters. Ivey would take home his second top five finish of the day, taking fifth with a distance of 5.99 meters, while Kabwe Bwalya takes 14th at 5.49 meters.

The throwers would round out the event with the Shot Put and Discus competing. In the shot put, the Cardinals were led by Zay Lewis, who took 14th with a distance of 11.86 meters. Dorian Gray would set a PR with a distance of 10.74 meters to take 21st and set a new PR, while Alex Hill took 29th with a distance of 9.54 meters. In the discus, it was Gray who would lead the way with a seventh place finish at 40.03 meters. Hill would set a PR of his own in the event, throwing a distance of 29.05 meters to finish 27th place finish.

The Wheeling University Men’s Track & Field team returns to action on Friday, March 29th, when they compete at the Raleigh Relays.

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