Alabama State Leads the Field After Day 2
NEW ORLEANS, La. - After day two of the SWAC Track and Field Championships at Tad Gormley Stadium, Alabama State leads the women's competition after eight events with 98 points. Prairie View is a distant second with 57 points and Mississippi Valley State third with 47 points. Texas Southern is fourth fwith 40 points and Southern is fifth with 25 points.
Rounding out the field is Grambling (13 pts), Alabama A&M (12 pts), Alcorn State (10 pts), Jackson State (5 pts) and Arkansas-Pine Bluff (4 pts).
Myesha Dixon of Prairie View began the day by winning the heptathlon with 4888 points. The junior showcased solid performances over the two-day event, with marks of 37.35 meters in the javelin throw, 9.40 meters in the shot put, and 14.09 in the 100 meters hurdles. Alabama State's Tyrisha Chambers (4770) and Prairie View's Kia Allen (4304) took second and third place.
In the decathlon, Jeffrey Adams won three of the five events on Friday to take home the gold and win the event with 5900 points. The Alabama State senior finished first in the 110-meter hurdles (14.99), discus (32.72m), shot put (10.37m), and high jump (1.89m). Adams beat out Durante Ponder of Jackson State (5737) and Alabama A&M's Marion Malone (5632).
In other individual finals, Tambriya Barney of Mississippi Valley State won the Long Jump with distance of 19-05.25 feet (5.92m). Kia Allen of Prairie View was second (19-02.00 ft - 5.84m) and Jahneel Tyrell of Alabama State third (18-07.75 ft - 5.68m).
Melissa Stephenson of Southern took the Shot Put with a throw of 13.93m (45-08.50 ft). Danielle Miller of Texas Southern was second with a distance of 13.52m (44-04.25), while Kashmia Weary of Southern was third at 13.12m (43-00.50).
Dixon, Marion Epperson of Alabama A&M and Tyrisha Chambers of Alabama State were 1-2-3 in the Javelin. Dixon won the event with a distance of 37.64m (123-06). Epperson followed with a toss of 34.53m (113-03) and Chambers had the third best throw of 34.49m (113-02).
In the last final of the day, Joyce Chumo of MVSU captured the 3000m Steeplechase with a time of 11:17.99. Kesia Derilus of Alabama State crossed the line second at 11:35.97, while teammate Courtney Gooch was third with a time of 11:45.51.