Freshmen Dominate Orange and Purple Classic

Peter Holland Jr./ Staff Writer

The Panthers’ track and field team traveled to Clemson, South Carolina on Saturday, Jan. 9, for the Orange and Purple Classic. They showed their dominance throughout the event as eleven total Panthers finished in the top-three and 38 in the top eight.

Starting on the women’s side, two freshmen stood out during the high jump. Clarissa Cutliff came in first-place, recording a personal-best of 1.75m, which is a freshman school record. Following her was Kenflore Atilus, who jumped a personal best 1.70m. This was her personal record resulted her in finishing in second place.

On the weight throws, junior Chandra Fullwood threw a personal-best of 17.57m, finishing in second place. On the shot put, Fullwood finished with a season-best with an 11.37m mark. She finished in sixth-place.

On the track, the Panthers finished in third, fourth and fifth in the 200 meter dash. Starting with freshman Sidnee Wilkerson, the Jacksonville native ran a personal-best of 25.69. Coming from behind was returning seniors Cam’ree Jackson (25.70) and Sharniece King (25.85).

In the 4×400 relay meter, freshman Kayla Woulard, senior Jaylaan Slaughter, sophomores Shaquita Smith and Sharniece King finished in third place overall.

On the men’s side, returning Luka Mustafic finished strong in the shot put. The Croatian native finished in first place by a landslide with a 17.13m mark. On the high jump, sophomore Christian Williams finished in third place with a 1.95m mark.

On the track, the men also had a solid performance as well. Both mid-distance and distance runners took the top two spots during the 800m and came in first in the 500m.In his Panther debut, Eric Jones won gold during the 800m, finishing with 1:55.73. Following behind was Senior Brandon Ballard with a time of 1:56.20. Ballard finished in second place. In the 5k, freshman Ronny Greenup stood out as well, finishing in first place with a time of 16:07.38, giving the Panthers another first place sweep performance.

The Panthers next meet will be on Friday, Feb. 5. They will be traveling to New York City to compete in the Armory Track Invitational. This will be their third indoor meet of the season.

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