Winston-Salem, N.C. - Sophomore Alex Young reset his own school record with a personal best performance in the weight throw, freshman Kayin Mujahid turned in a Big South-leading mark in the high jump in personal best fashion, and freshman Tyler Craig kept his undefeated collegiate record alive with another high mark in the men's pole vault to highlight Gardner-Webb's weekend at the JDL Hilton Garden Invitational.
Young (LaVergne, Tenn.) finished tops among collegiate competitors and 2nd overall in the men's weight throw, recording the best toss of his career at 20.95 m.
Young's weight throw performance currently ranks 9th in the nation.
In the men's shot put, Young added a 3rd place finish after throwing 16.59 m in the event.
Mujahid was also impressive over the weekend, turning in the Big South's best women's high jump mark of the season to date. The freshman from Philadelphia, Penn. cleared 1.70 m (5' 6.75") to place 3rd in the event.
In the men's pole vault, Craig was the leader in an event that saw the Runnin' Bulldogs place two in the top 10. A freshman from Talking Rock, Ga., Craig reached a top height of 5.05 m (16' 6.75") to top the collegiate field and place 3rd in the event overall.
Redshirt sophomore Tyler Samotis (Hendersonville, N.C.) added an 8th place finish, clearing 4.75 m (15' 7").
Josh Wembolua (Matthews, N.C.) was impressive for the second meet in a row, qualifying for and moving up in finals of the men's 60 m hurdles to place 6th in a personal best 8.29.
Freshman Sarah Mitchell (Roswell, Ga.) tossed a personal best 13.91 m, narrowly missing out on GWU record en route to a 3rd place finish in the event.
In the women's 400 meters, sophomore Sarah Perkins (Gorham, Maine) added to an impressive weekend for the track & field squad by posting a personal best time. The 2013 Big South finalist finished with a time of 59.65 in the event.
Sophomore Claire Cates (Hillsborough, N.C.) also turned in a personal best time at the JDL Invitational, finishing the women's 3,000 m run in 11:16.33 (33rd). Freshman Jenna Ford (Wasilla, Alaska) turned in the 27th fastest time in the event, finishing at 11:05.24.
Gardner-Webb turned in impressive relay performances as well, finishing 5th in the women's 4x400 m race and 13th in the men's 4x400 m. Jordan Davis, Nicole Saxton, Meredith Byl, and Perkins combined for a time of 3:59.05 in a good showing among a fast field.
GWU track & field returns to action for the Mountaineer Open, held February 7-8 in Boone, N.C.