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Indoor Track and Field Recaps: Jan. 26-27

Courtesy: SWAC.org
Release: 01/28/2018
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Fred Wilt Invitational (Purdue; Jan. 27)
Alabama State

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Alabama State swept the 60-meter dash on both the men and women’s side of the Fred Wilt Invitational on their way to three gold medal finishes on Saturday.

Charminque Hackney claimed first on the women’s side with a time of 7.51 seconds, while Josh Davis outran two of his teammates on the men’s side to finish first with a time of 6.74 seconds. Hackney was joined in the top five on the women’s side by Desire’ Horn (7.65) and Nia Jack (7.70); while Davis outran Norris Spike (second-6.80) and David East (third-6.91). Tyron Jones finished seventh in the event in a time of 7.03 seconds.

The Lady Hornets took the top two spots in the triple jump when China Reed finished first with a jump of 11.59 meters (38-00.25), while Horn finished second with a jump of 11.03 meters and Roderica White 10.80 meters (35-05.25) finished fifth.

The Hornets had several top 10 finishes on the day, with several coming in the top five. Bridgette Williams finished fourth in the weight throw with a distance of 15.44 meters (50-08.00), while Caesar Kemp finished fourth in the shot put with a distance of 15.64 meters (51-03.50) on the men’s side. Kristen Thompson recorded a top-five finish, coming in fifth in the shot put with a distance of 12.83 meters (42-01.25).

LaKeyah Blackmon finished fifth in the pole vault with a clearance of 3.21 meters (10-06.25), while Horn finished second in the long jump with a jump of 5.73 meters (18-09.75) and Reed fourth at 5.38 meters (17-08.00).

Jamie Brown finished third in the triple jump on the men’s side with a distance of 14.67 meters (48-01.75), while Roderica White rounded out the field events with clearance of 1.54 meters (5-00.50) for a fifth-place finish in the high jump.

In the mile run, Alabama State had a pair of runners in the top five with Arion Span for the women finishing fifth in a time of 5:06.24 and Joshua Coffelt fourth for the men in an time of 4:23.45. Kyana Evans finished fifth in the women’s 400-meters with a time of 58.34 seconds, and Lezoghia Member-Meneh second for the men with a time of 48.80 seconds.

Span finished second in the women’s 800-meters with a time of 2:18.82, while Kleo Torres finished fourth in 2:23.12; while on the men’s side, Andrew Jackson finished fourth in 1:57.93.

The Lady Hornets finished third in the 4x400-meter relay with a time of 3:52.91, with the men finishing second in a time of 3:16.82. The Heptathlon was completed on Saturday with Chaaka Trahan finishing second with 4,144 points and Terrance Jenkins third with 3.474 points.

Courtesy: Alabama State Athletic Strategic Communications

University of Houston Invitational (Houston; Jan. 26-27)
Prairie View A&M
Texas Southern

HOUSTON - Texas Southern's Roman Turner blazed a 6.77 time in the 60-meter dash, winning it during the University of Houston Invitational this past weekend.

Teammate Jodee Archer Harvey was fourth. The Prairie View A&M Panthers' 4x400-meter relay team -- Brandon Kirby, Carl Jordan, Logan Williams and William Polley -- also won the men's race with a 3:21.00. TSU's group was third.

Additionally for the Tigers, Jorge Martinez was fourth (4:30.56) in the mile run and was third in the men's 5,000-meter run (15:29.96). Harvey Kendall cleared 2.00m in the high jump for a second place finish, and Taylor Levine also finished second in the men's long jump (6.73m). Kendall also finished sixth in the triple jump (14.16m).

Also for Prairie View, Tristian Ham and Sunne Weems finish second and third in the Heptathlon. Ham and Weems made a big push in the 60 meter hurdles and pole vault earning first and second in the 60 meter hurdles and again for pole vault to earn their overall finish. Williams made a push in the 60 meter hurdles to finish fifth with a time of 8.18. Samuel Omoera placed a sixth place finish with a time of 6.81 this his personal best.

In addition, Kirby and Yaw Sekyere both competed in the 400 meters. Kirby grabbed second place in a close finish at 50.34, while Sekyere placed fourth place with 51.26. Polley, Jordan, Ansar Richardson and Sydney-Holt Washington all competed in the 200, with Polley winning it thanks to a time of 21.91. Jordan grabbed third with a time of 22.86, Richardson earned the fourth place spot with 23.09 and Washington placed fifth with a time of 23.24.

On the women's side, PVAMU's Nekiesha Bailey won the high jump, surpassing 1.75m. Deonca Bookman placed seventh with a time of 8.70. In the 400 meters, Husniyyah Rogers earned second place for the Lady Panthers as she finished in 58.29. In the 200, the Lady Panthers showed some light as Mia Robinson finished fourth winning her heat with a time of 25.67. 

For Texas Southern's women's team, Alexis Gray was second in the 200m dash (24.27) and sixth in the 60m dash (7.57). Zaidra James finished fifth in the 200m (25.81). Nikole Haroon clocked a 59.00 time in the 400m dash, good for fourth place. The TSU women's 4x400m team  -- Gray, Haroon, DaShavonta Kinney, and Morgan Utsey-Williams -- claimed fourth with a time of 4:00.57, and Quintella Johnson finished sixth in the high jump (1.60m).

Prairie View A&M Sports Information contributed to this report.

Arkansas State Invitational and Multis (Arkansas State; Jan. 26-27)
Arkansas-Pine Bluff
Grambling State
Jackson State (women)

JONESBORO, Ark. - Grambling State's Wesley Love (1:57.05) and Altany Wilson (14.68m) captured first in the men’s 800m and triple jump, respectively, during the Arkansas State Invitational this past weekend.

Arkansas-Pine Bluff's 4x400m relay team -- Tryan Lyons, Wade Garner, Malique Smith and Rodney Griffin -- won its race with a time of 3:15.51.

On the track for the Lady Tigers, Breanna Wayne captured fourth in the 55m hurdles in 8.65, while the 4x400m relay team of Azah Cummins, Daneisha Curry, LaTina Jones and Takira Koonce finished fifth, with a time of 4:14.59.

In the field events, Aneisha Bell and Darnese Wood placed third and fourth, respectively, at 13.05m (42-feet-09.75 inches) and 12.94m (42-00.50 ft.).

On the track for the men, the 4x400m relay team of Evan Chambers, Lachavius Grimes, Jaden Johnson and Love captured fourth in 3:26.08.

In the field events, while Mickey Anderson placed fifth in the shot put at 12.11m (39-08.7 5ft.). In the high jump, David Parker recorded a fifth-place finish at 1.96m (6-05.00 ft.).

For Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Smith put up a 49.05 time to finish third in the 400m dash. Harlan Clarke was second (1:57.92) in the 800m run. Laural Heath finished third in the mile run (4:26.26). The Golden Lions were third in the distance medley relay as well (11:16.96). Travis Bibbs cleared 6.80m to garner fifth place in the long jump, and he finished second in the triple jump (14.12m) while teammate Shevon Pipps was third (13.13m). Miles Dortch made a 15.60m toss in the weight throw, claiming third.

The Lady Lions' Arjai Johnson was third in the 55m hurdles (8.66). Jennifer Watt (7.28) finished fifth in the 60m dash. The UAPB women's distance medley relay team claimed victory with a time of 13:36.41.

Ashley Tasher's 11.12m leap in the triple jump earned her second place. Keziann Jones had a fifth-place showing in the shot put (12.81m) and was second in the weight throw (17.25m).

Jackson State's Azalia Jones (1:00.46) finished seventh in the 400m dash. Taylor Hayes finished seventh in the 3,000m run (11:57.66), and Jahelle Cato's 8.85 time in the 55m hurdles was good for seventh place. Jones, Cato, Hayes and Taneyza Robinson brought a fourth-place result home in the women's 4x400m relay (4:13.13).

Sydni Gilmore jumped 5.02m for a fifth place result in the long jump, and Tatyana Guidry (12.29m) was sixth in the shot put.

McNeese State Invitational #2 (McNeese State; Jan. 27)
Alcorn State

LAKE CHARLES, La. - Alcorn State’s Angelica Jacobs won the women's 800m run in 2:18.55 at the McNeese State Invitational on Saturday.

The Lady Braves A team combined for a 3:57.48 to grab second in the 4x400m relay. Tymesha Nabors was third in the 400m with a 59.52 and Jessica Garrett took third in the 600m run at 1:47.87. Justice Edwards and Dekari Courtney went four and five in the 55m hurdles as they turned in an 8.89 and an 8.93, respectively. Also in fourth and fifth were Jessica Ransom and Evette Griffin in the 200m with times of 25.91 and 26.15.

In the field events, Edwards jumped 5.12m (16-09.75 feet) to place second in the long jump. Erykah Johnson finished third in the triple jump with a leap of 11.11m (36—5.50 feet). For Alcorn’s men, Lane Ross and Peterson Saint-Cyrin and Braheem Bishop led the way for the Braves with a trio of second-place efforts.

Ross completed the men's 400m in 51.29, while Saint-Cyrin ran a 2:05.01 in the 800m. Braheem cleared 1.88m (6-02.00 feet) in the high jump. The 4x400m A team took first with a time of 3:26.91, and Josias Jean posted an 8.22 in the 55m hurdle prelims to come in fourth. J'Koven Celestine came in fourth in the long jump with a mark of 6.24m (20-5.75 feet).

Southern's Amari Tatum-Calvillo finished third in the 400m dash (51.34) Walter Mixon's 2:08.74 time in the 800m dash was good for sixth. Desmond Thomas posted a 4.40m clearance to earn third place in the pole vault. Wallace Smith (6.74m) and Tyrese Chambers (6.40m) were second and third in the long jump, respectively. Smith (12.97m) was also fifth in the triple jump.

Jeremy Bass (15.27m) was second in the men's weight throw.

On the women's side, Camryn Hawkins (7.24) and Nia Williams (7.28) were second and third in the 55m dash. Hawkins went on to win the 200m dash (24.89), a race which saw four Jaguars earn top-7 showings. Terralicia Mercadel, who was third in the 200m dash with a time of 25.70, won the 400m dash with a time of 57.19. Jalaysia Hebert put up a 1:50.51 to nab fifth place in the 600m run.

The Jaguars' women's 4x400m relay team -- Hawkins, Mercadel, Ashley Miles, Raelynn Price -- finished third (3:58.28). Vashti Hannah put up a 5.69m leap to win the long jump. Hannah narrowly missed victory in the triple jump, as her 11.21m distance earned second place. Teammate Tiana Cephers (10.80m) was fourth.

Jamira Russ (17.20m) earned third in the shot put.

Alcorn State Sports Information contributed to this report.