Track & Field Spends Weekend in Alabama
It was an exciting return for Academy of Art University track & field to the Birmingham Crossplex for two University of Alabama-Birmingham meets (Vulcan Invite, Green & Gold Invite) on Jan. 23–24. On the women’s side, Atiya Harvey (Multimedia Communications) was a top performer, delivering NCAA provisional qualifying times in the 60m and 200m. At the site of his event debut in an Urban Knights uniform, Jordan Edwards (Photography) lit up the track Friday with a new ART U program record in the 200m.
“Atiya was the clear star as we expected,” said head coach Charles Ryan. “She delivered big performances in both the 60m and 200m. She handled herself very well and both of her provisional marks will continue to drop. She is very excited as are we to have her this year. She is a big part of all the goals we have this season.”
Harvey placed second out of 33 runners in the 200m with a time of 24.69. It put her immediately into the country’s top eight in the event. A strong performance in the 60m finals came in the form of a 7.58 mark good for third after a 7.60 qualified her through against 38 others in the prelims.
Keanna Moody (Multimedia Communications) downed her time in the 400m with a 55.28, which made her second of 35 competing in the event. Already the owner of an NCAA provisional time, she moves up to third in the nation with this mark. In the same 200m race as Harvey, Moody offered a third-place finish (25.00) as well.
Edwards posted a pair of No.1 finishes on the day, taking titles in the 200m and 400m. He went 21.54 for the 200m record, bettering his previous top mark by 0.04 and placing first out of 22 sprinters for a provisional qualifier. Edwards also improved on his time in the 400m, dropping down to a 48.34 for first out of 27 runners. He remains fourth in all of NCAA Division II in both events.
“Jordan ran extremely well in the 200m,” said Ryan. “Powerful, smooth, and also aggressive. Now he just needs to bring that same aggression to his 400m race and he will see a big drop at that distance as well.”
Back inside the Birmingham Crossplex for another full day of competition on Jan. 24, the ART U women’s 4×400m relay was one of the top performances, further solidifying the Urban Knights’ NCAA provisional mark.
The collection of Mistic Scott (Motion Pictures & Television), Harvey, Omotoyosi Oniru (Multimedia Communications), and Moody, finished off the day in memorable fashion, going 3:48.06 in the 4×400m to take first not only against their fellow NCAA DII competition, but Division I as well. Their top mark out of 23 teams vaulted them to second in their entire country thus far.