FAYETTEVILLE — A small group of Bryant Hornets opened up the 2015 indoor track season in a big way on Saturday at the University of Arkansas’ High School Indoor Invitational at the Tyson Track Center. Seven Hornets competed in the massive meet, which features some of the best high school athletes from around the country.
John Winn set a new school record in the 400-meter dash with a time of 49.31, which was good enough to win his heat and was the fifth fastest time of the prelims out of 140 athletes. Steven Murdock also won his heat in the 400 with a time of 50.51, and placed second in his heat of the 200-meter dash in a time of 22.80.
Justin Combs earned a fourth-place finish in the pole vault in a new personal record height of 14′ 4″, while Mar’Kevius Nelson got off to a strong start in the triple jump with a leap of 44′ 5″, which was good enough for eighth place.
Brenden Young set personal records in both of the races he competed in, placing second in his heat of the 60-meter hurdles in a time of 8.49, and second in his heat of the 200 with a time of 23.03. Mark Winn set a new personal record in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:00.22, which earned a ninth-place finish. Charlie Terry placed sixth in his heat of the mile run in a strong early season time of 4:42.23.
“I’m very proud of how the boys competed,” said Bryant coach Steve Oury. “I was not surprised to see John Winn break his own record in the 400 because he has looked very strong in workouts. Overall, it was a very encouraging start to the season. We just have to keep working hard.”
Bryant is set to compete at the Arkansas State Indoor Invitational meet on Jan. 30.