On Friday, the TWU Bulldogs Track & Field team traveled to the JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem, NC for the AAC Challenge – the unofficial conference championship. The women's squad ran away with the team title, scoring 169.5 points to Union's 141.5 points. The men's race was much closer as TWU needed every point to upset USTFCCCA South Region #1 Milligan, just edging out the win 115-114 while Reinhardt was a close third with 112 points.
The women's team stacked up five event champions as Alexis Lankford won the 60m in a personal best time of 8.02 seconds, Els von Hooijdonk won the 200m in 26.42 seconds, the 4x800m team consisting of Rachel Gallison, Leah Chance, Karlie Yinger, and Rosa Cisneros won in a school-record 10:09, and Hooijdonk doubled back to win the Triple Jump with a season-best jump of 10.54m. Lastly, the 4x400m team consisting of Hooijdonk, Alex Johnson, Lankford, and Jymeelah Kirk closed out the meet by edging out Union's women 4:13.21 to 4:15.64.
On the men's side, Josh Parson and Cadarius Harris went 1-2 in the 60m and 200m events, continuing their historic seasons. Parson currently ranks 2nd in the NAIA in the 60m and 13th in the 200m while Harris ranks 5th in the NAIA in the 60m. Darren Payton (1:23.34) and Christos Zachariou (1:23.68) went 1-2 in the 600m dash as both athletes broke the former school record. Chaz Hawkins won the 60mH in 8.40 seconds and currently ranks 10th in the NAIA. The 4x400m team of Parson, Payton, Bryce Choate, and Mike Andreou edged out Reinhardt 3;27.71 to 3:28.52 for the win, while the 4x800m team of Choate, Payton, Zachariou, and TJ Tupps ran a school record 7:56.82 to run away from the competition and hit the A standard for the National Championships in two weeks.
Josh Parson (60m, 200m), Cadarius Harris (60m), Chaz Hawkins (60mH), Bryce Choate (800m, 4x800m), Darren Payton (4x800m), Christos Zachariou (4x800m), TJ Tupps (4x800m), and Mike Andreou (4x800m) will represent the Bulldogs at the NAIA National Championships March 3rd-5th in Johnson City, TN. The Bulldogs men are currently ranked 22nd in the NAIA.