The Cougars had 12 top-five finishes in several different events at the Brian Clay Invitational Friday.
After all the events the Cougars had three first place, three second place, one third place and four fourth place finishes.
The stands were filled with spectators to watch the multi-school, invitation only track and field event named after well-known APU alumnae Brian Clay.
The first success occurred at the men’s 4×100 meter relay. The men took second place in the event with a time of 41.65 seconds. The relay team, in order, included sophomore Jacob Hare, freshman Ronald Douglas, junior Sameer Sedam, and was anchored by sophomore Remontay McClain.
Also for sprints, sophomore Remontay McClain took first place for the men’s 200 meter dash with a time of 20.54 seconds.
The Cougars had top finishers for both the men’s and women’s 800 meters. For the men, junior Riley McKee took fourth place with a time of 1:53.40. Junior Diandra Cartensen claimed third place for the women with a time of 2:10.72.
Senior Slater Ezell took first place in the men’s 400 meter hurdles with a time of 50.77 seconds. Sophomore teammate Henry Tanner also cracked the top ten, finishing ninth with a time of 53.97 seconds.
Junior David Shute took fourth place in both the men’s long jump with a jump of 23’6” feet and the men’s 400 meters with a time of 48.35 seconds.
Also for jumps, senior Makera Clark took 2nd place for women’s triple jump with a mark of 41’1” feet and freshmen Lajuan Moye took fifth place for men’s high jump with a mark of 6’8.75” feet.
It was a rough day for throwers with only one athlete finishing in the top five.
Junior javelin thrower David Musson took fourth place in the men’s javelin with a mark of 211’2” feet.
In the final relay of the day, the APU men came out strong in the 4×400 meter relay. The team finished second with a time of 3:15.42. The team members in order were junior John Diaz, freshman Jevin Tyron, freshmen Levi Walker, and junior Connor Woodlief.