Lady Hornets claim 10th straight Indoor T&F crown
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Alabama State Lady Hornets won its 10th-straight Southwestern Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championship in convincing fashion, racking up 166.5 points en route to victory.
Prairie View A&M took second place with 118 points, and Mississippi Valley State was third. Rounding out the standings were Southern (63), Alabama A&M (50), Arkansas-Pine Bluff (47.50), Texas Southern (44), Alcorn State (40), Grambling State (38) and Jackson State (15).
Lady Hornets coach Ritchie Beene was named 2018 Coach of the Year. Mississippi Valley State’s Scholasticah Kemei took home Most Outstanding Track Performer honors for the second-straight year with 30 points total after winning three events during the meet. Arkansas-Pine Bluff’s Keziann Jones was honored as the meet’s Most Outstanding Field Performer.
DAY TWO HIGHLIGHTS:
Charminique Hackney earned the distinction of the SWAC’s fastest woman, taking home gold in the 60-meter dash (7.42s) and nabbing another gold while setting a new SWAC Indoor Championships record in the 200-meter dash with a 23.61-second result. Hackney beat out Alcorn State’s Euricka Hardy (7.49) and Texas Southern’s Alexis Gray (7.50) in the 60-meter event, and bested Gray (23.66) and Alabama A&M’s Joi Ballard (24.28) in the 200 meter dash.
The Lady Hornets continued their winning ways in the 60-meter hurdles as Shamira Lovett (8.59) raced to the gold medal. Texas Southern’s Zaidra James (8.66) and Lady Hornet Ariayanna Val (8.70) won silver and bronze, respectively.
Kemei dominated distance events, winning the women’s mile run (5:14.46) and the 5,000-meter run (18:36.67). Alabama State’s Sade Lavallias (5:18.87) and Janice Lane (5:19.25) also medaled in the mile run. Alabama State’s Arion Span finished second in the 5,000-meter run (19:04.29) and Mississippi Valley’s Alice Kimutai posted a time of 19:23.26 to take the bronze.
Earlier in the day, Span nabbed a gold in the 800-meter run (2:13.37), with Prairie View A&M’s Husiniyyah Rogers (2:18.39) earning silver and Southern’s Raelynn Price (2:19.3) third. Prairie View A&M swept the women’s triple jump, with Kaizha Roberts (11.94m; 39-02.25 feet) earning the top finish. In second was Devynn King (11.72m; 38-05.5 ft) and coming in third was Toronica Duncan (11.59m; 38-00.25 ft).
Southern’s Terralicia Mercadel (55.77) won the gold medal in the 400-meter dash, besting Kyana Evans of Alabama State (56.40) and Mississippi Valley’s Najee Green (56.43). Prairie View A&M’s Lakeydra Mosley (3.31m; 10-10.25 ft) earned gold in the pole vault, and teammate Brianna Robinson (3.21m; 10-06.25 ft) won the silver as she bested bronze medalist Danice Loney (3.21m) from Alabama A&M via needing less tries to clear the mark.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff’s Keziann Jones cleared 13.58m (44-06.75 ft) on her final attempt to overtake Grambling’s Aneisha Bell (13.31m; 43-08.00m) to win the gold. In third was Grambling’s Darnese Woods (13.18m; 43-03.00 ft).
Prairie View A&M’s Nekiesha Bailey broke her own meet record in winning the high jump, clearing 1.79m (5-10.50 ft) in competition. Alabama A&M’s Samia Liverpool and Texas Southern’s Quintella Johnson (1.67m) each earned silver after tying during the event.
In the final event of the championships, Prairie View A&M’s 4x400-meter relay team – Rogers, Deonca Bookman, Takara Coleman and Sydnee Mitchell-Jemison – took home the gold with a time of 3:47.90. In second was Southern (3:48.72), and Mississippi Valley finished third (3:49.14).