Craft, Madut lead CU track at Jessica Starks Open
Sunday, January 29, 2017
Craft, Madut lead CU track at Jessica Starks Open
Garang Madut won the 5,000-meters and was part of the winning distance medley relay for Cumberland on Saturday at the Jessica Starks Open. (Credit Steve Wampler)

LEBANON, Tenn. – Danielle Craft won the triple jump, finished second in the 60-meters and fourth in the long jump, Kalea Barnett posted a victory in the shot put and Garang Madut finished first in the 5,000-meters and was a part of the winning distance medley relay, leading the Cumberland track teams on Saturday at the Jessica Starks Open in Columbus, Ohio.

Craft registered a time of 8.12 in the prelims and 8.14 in the finals to place second after winning the triple jump with a mark of 35-9. The Clarksville, Tenn., native jumped 15-7 to finish fourth in the long jump. Barnett claimed first in the shot put with a distance of 35-9 in the only other field event for the CU women.

Cumberland finished second, third and fourth in the mile run, with Riley Kilian, Claudia Tepox and Amber Mays posting times of 5:46.73, 5:52.17 and 5:52.84, respectively.

Nyia Hall also placed third in the 60-meters in 8.23, while Lisa Powell was second in the 400 in 1:04.63 and Tamia Aldridge came in fourth in the 60-meter hurdles in 10.49.

Madut paced the men, registering a time of 16:02.05 for first place in the 5,000. Tanner Harp was third in the event in 17:06.86 and Carlos Tirado came in fifth in 17:14.00. Jerry Rojas finished third in the 3,000-meters in 9:45.97.

Martarious Brooks finished in the Top 7 in a pair of events, taking fourth in the 200 in 23.09 and seventh in the 60-meters in 7.16. Ishmael Arnold came in fifth in the 400-meters in 55.05 and Jordan Hill was fourth in the 800-meters in 2:02.15.

Madut, Rojas, Hill and Arnold won the distance medley relay in 11:10.82, a race that features distances of 1,200-meters, then 400, 800 and 1,600-meters. Bertrand, Hill, Arnold and Brooks finished third in the 4x400-meter relay in 3:36.15.

Cumberland competes again next Saturday at the Tiger Indoor Invitational at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn.