Love and Cooper Shatter School Records at 49er Classic

Posted March 23, 2014 8:21 pm | Filed under Sports, Winthrop Athletics

CHARLOTTE, NC – Two school records were broken over the weekend at the 49er Classic held in Charlotte. Alesha Love broke the 400-meter hurdles record while Marthaline Cooper shattered the record in the Hammer Throw event.

Marthaline Cooper does not seem to slow down. After breaking the school record in the Hammer Throw at her first outdoor meet in Mt. Pleasant two weeks ago, the freshman from Providence, RI shattered her previous personal best by winning the meet with a best throw of 56.84 meters. Her previous record stood at 51.75m. The record setting performance is expected to place Cooper within the top 20 nationally in the event after this weekend.

Alesha Love also broke her own school record placing second in the 400-meter hurdles event. The Columbia, SC native ran a lifetime best time of 1:01.70 which lowers her previous record by more than a second (1:02.88). With this time, Love revealed that she finally reached one of her goals in life: to beat her mother’s best time of 1:02.1 set during her college career at El Camino College, CA. Love now sets her eyes on another milestone, to break the one minute barrier in the event.

Tristan Langley (Belmont, NC/Canada) also put up a great performance in the 3000m steeplechase placing fourth with a time of 11:18.51 in a very competitive field.

Senior Sharrone Honor (Ft. Washington, MD) made finals in the 100m hurdles placing 7th with a time of 14.47 seconds in the final after running 14.20s in the preliminary heats.

The Eagles will return to competition next weekend when they host the Winthrop Invitation at the Irwin Belk Track on March 27 through the 29.