The University of the Cumberlands (UC) Men's Track and Field team had a hand full of athletes travel south to compete at the Georgia Tech Invitational in Atlanta, GA this past weekend. The main focus for these athletes was trying to qualify their 4x100 meter relay team for NAIA Nationals as they have barely missed the mark all season long.
The team had the opportunity to not only run against good competition, but to also run fast. The relay team consisting of Albert Huntley (Atlanta, GA), D 'Angelo Jordan (Jacksonville, FL), Matthias Maynard (Dunedin, FL), and Erik Willis (Richmond, VA) were aiming for the qualifying standard of 41.9 seconds, but ended up falling short running a 42.18 seconds. This was due to a last second hamstring injury within the last 100 meters of the race. These men had an incredible season, regardless of this last chance race.
Looking at individual races that day; Huntley competed in the 100 and 200 meter dash. On Friday in the preliminaries of the 100m dash, he ran a super-fast time of 10.33 seconds. Going into the finals seeded third, Huntley nearly backed up his same time running a 10.36 in the finals which was good enough to take the runner-up finish. Dentarius Locke of Florida State won the event in 10.20 seconds. There were 64 total athletes in this race. Huntley also competed well in the 200 meter dash. He ran a time of 21.27 seconds, taking 5th place. There were 55 total athletes in this race.
Although the 4x100 meter relay team missed qualifying, Huntley goes into the NAIA Outdoor Track National Championships currently ranked 3rd in the 100 meter dash and ranked 4th in the 200 meter dash. He looks to come home with a couple All-American awards.
For more information on the Patriot Track and Field programs along with other Patriot athletics, please visit www.cumberlandspatriots.com.
Article by Danielle Hoop, UC Multimedia & Athletic Services Student Assistant