BIRMINGHAM, Ala.-- Cumberland track and field put on a good showing at the South Alabama Invitational earning three first-place finishes at the event.
Jason Bowers dominated the field in the men's mile run, posting a first place finish with a time of 4:03.52s and breaking South Alabama's facility record. Bowers had previously qualified with NAIA "A" standards but this performance helped him regain the fastest qualifying time in the NAIA.
He also took first place in the 3000m with a time of 8:10.12 to claim first with NAIA "A" standards. That mark is the third fastest time in the NAIA, but Bowers broke two school records and two meet records in the event.
Freshman Iredia Goodness finished third in the long jump with a distance of 7.10m. He also finished second in the triple jump with a distance of 14.90m, Goodness already holds the top qualifying distance in the NAIA in this event at 15.59m.
In the 800m, Joel Forbes ran a 1:56.15 earning him a seventh place finish.
Mackey Bonds took home second place in the high jump with a jump of 1.86m. Logan Istre finished in sixth place in the 400m dash with a time of 49.38s just missing a qualifying time by less than two-tenths of a second.
Praise Idamadudu took home first place in the 400m dash with a time of 55.38s. This event gives her the second-best qualifying time in the NAIA, improving on her previous sixth-best mark. She also finished first in the 200m dash with a time of 24.10s, giving her "A" standards with the fastest time in the NAIA.
Mercy Kibiwott finished eighth in the 5000m run with a time of 18:27.90s.