BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Birmingham-Southern men's and women's track and field teams finished fourth and fifth respectively at the 2019 Southern Athletic Association championships Saturday. They earned 12 top three finishes with five Panthers earning conference titles this weekend.
"I am very proud of the way we bounced back from a tough day one to finish strong," said Head Coach Kenneth Cox. "We didn't have enough to end the meet the way we planned, but what was revealed is the amazing talent that our team has and will continue to build on."
Kameren Morgan (Bowie, Md./St. Alban's School for Boys) and Luke Ballard (Hoover, Ala./Hoover HS) successfully defended their respective 2018 titles. Morgan won the hammer throw by more than seven meters. Ballard finished first in javelin, edging out fellow Panther LeCroy by 0.68 meters. Mike Benning (Chattanooga, Tenn./Baylor School) picked up his first conference title, winning the 110m hurdles in a personal record time of 15.59 seconds. The Panthers placed second in four other events.
Jordan Jones (Powder Springs, Ga./Hiram HS) placed second in the triple jump with a personal record distance of 14.51m, the 12th best mark in the country to date. Garrett Talley (Collierville, Tenn./Collierville HS) ran a personal record 1:57 in the 800m to earn second and Shakir Campbell (Pensacola, Fla./Tate HS) crossed second in the 400m at 55.76. Also finishing second was the 4x100m relay team.
The women had their fair share of top finishers as well. Kamryn Bendolph (Madison, Ala./Columbia HS) won the 400m in a personal record time of 57.54. And Monasia Taylor (Lawrenceville, Ga./Archer HS) became the newest 100m champion after crossing just 0.02 seconds ahead of the second place finisher. Bendolph also place second in the 200m dash. Her time is 26th in the country so far this year. Rebecca Bryant (Decatur, Ga./Marist School) finished right behind her in third place. The women's 4x400m relay was just edged out of first place, finishing 0.02 seconds behind the champion. Their time of 4:00.4 was a season best and six seconds faster than their previous time.
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