Indoor Track and Field Recaps: Feb. 3-5
Bayou Bengal Invitational (Feb. 3; LSU)
(Alcorn State, Grambling, Prairie View, Southern, Texas Southern)
BATON ROUGE, La. - In what was an impressive meet for Prairie View A&M, Panthers sprinter Samuel Omoera won the men's 200m dash during the LSU Bayou Bengal Invitational, clocking in at 22.09 seconds.
He managed to beat out Grambling's Altany Wilson (3rd; 22.30) and Southern's Derrick Garner (5th; 22.40).
Omoera wasn't the only Panther winner, as Deonca Bookman took home the women's 200m title with a 25.13-second time. Bookman also helped anchor the Lady Panthers' 4x400m team that claimed the top spot in competition with a 3:52.50 result. Additionally, Nekeisha Bailey won the women's high jump with a leap of 1.71m. Southern's Terralicia Mercadel had a standout meet on the women's side, posting second-place finishes in the 200m and 400m event.
Texas Southern's Mariah Stewart was runner up in the 600m run with a time of 1:35.9, and Mykele Young Sanders clocked a 49.45 to earn second in the men's 400m.
Also for Grambling, Kenya Wheeler threw a 14.37m in the women's shot put for second place. Jamira Russ of Southern finished second in the weight throw.
For Alcorn State, Jada Hunt was third in the women's 200m (25.62) and Kemar Cumberbatch ran a 6.87 in the men's 60m, good for second place.
Don DeNoon Invitational (Southern Illinois; Feb. 3)
CARBONDALE, Ill.- Arkansas-Pine Bluff's 4x400m men's relay team claimed victory during the Don DeNoon Invitational this past weekend, clocking a time of 3:17.04.
Rasheed McAlpin and Wade Gardner, who were a part of the winning relay squad, also had standout individual results as well for UAPB. McAlpin put up a 50.50-second mark in the men's 400m dash to claim third place. Gardner was second in the 800m run (1:55.17).
Notable field results included a fourth-place finish in the long jump for Juwan Parker and a third-place result in the high jump for Travis Bibbs.
Takia Taylor timed at 57.53 seconds to earn fourth place in the women's 400m dash. Jennifer Watt was seventh in the women's 200m, and Summer Gilliam placed fourth in the women's 60H. Taylor and Watt also helped power UAPB's ladies to a third-place result in the women's 4x400m relay.
South Alabama Invitational (South Alabama; Feb. 5)
(Alabama State, Jackson State women, Mississippi Valley State)
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Mississippi Valley State's Jamenta Shaw edged out the competition with a 14.94m leap in a winning effort during the men's triple jump at the South Alabama Invitational.
Devilette Kemei Scholasticah timed a 18:35.18 in the women's 5000m run, good for fourth place.
Jackson State's Quatasia Fantroy had a solid meet, earing seventh place in the women's 200m dash and sixth place in the long jump.
Josh Davis of Alabama State collected a second-place finish in the men's 200m and a fourth-place result in the men's 60m. The Hornets 4x400m relay team finished fourth in competition, and Chaaka Trahan earned fifth place in the long jump.
The Lady Hornets collected a litany of top-10 showings, led by Monica Howard's third-place finish in the 60m hurdles (8.62) and Desiree Horn's fourth-place showing in the 60m dash.