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Indoor Track and Field Recaps: February 2-4

Courtesy: SWAC.org
Release: 02/04/2018
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Bayou Bengal Invitational (LSU; Feb. 2)
Alcorn State
Grambling State

BATON ROUGE, La. - Southern's Camryn Hawkins (25.08) won the women's 200m dash, and Jaguar thrower Jamira Russ won the women's weight throw (19.23m) during the LSU Bayou Bengal Invitational this past Friday.

Additionally for the Jaguar women, Raelynn Price finished fifth in the 600m run (1:40.77) and sixth in the 400m dash (1:00.23). Vashti Hannah cleared 5.47m to earn fifth in the long jump.

For Southern's men, Artis McCoy was second in the 200m dash with a time of 22.89. Amari Tatum-Calvillo was second in the 400m dash (51.54).

Grambling State's men’s 4x400m relay team captured third place. Additionally, Lachavius Grimes finished in sixth in the 200m dash at 23.08, followed by teammate Jaden Johnson at 23.23 (seventh) and T’Kevian Rockwell at 23.79 (10th). Wesley Love completed the 600m in 10th at 1:24.56. In the one-mile run, Hassan Chepkwony claimed fourth at 4:32.12 and seventh in the 3000m (9:16.34). The 4x400m relay team of Evan Chambers, Grimes, Jaden Johnson and Love took third, with a time of 3:25.01

In the field events, Altany Wilson finished fourth in the triple jump at 14.64m (48-feet and 00.50 inches).

For the Lady Tigers, Takira Koonce took eighth, with a time of 25.91, while Jeunice Maxime finished 10th, with a time of 26.64. Naomi Kiprop completed the one-mile run in 10th at 5:37.83 and in the 3000m in 11th at at 11:42.99 The 4x400m relay team of LaTina Jones, Koonce, Maxime and Marissa Stove finished in sixth, with a time of 4:12.29.

Alcorn State's Tymesha Nabors turned in a season-best 58.29 in the 400m dash to take third place. Shameka Grover was the fastest Lady Braves in the 60m prelims as she ran a 7.79. Jessica Ransom improved in the 200m as she was fourth with a time of 25.51. The 4x400m team of Nathalya McMillion, Nabors, Hali Jones, and Ransom had the best finish for the women as they combined for 3:59.06 and second place.

In the field events, Justice Edwards set a season mark in the long jump with a leap of 5.56m (18-03.00 feet).

For the Braves, Lane Ross won the men's 400m dash in 51.31 and tied his season best of 8.36 in the 60m hurdle prelims, then ran an 8.43 to come in seventh in the finals. Bralon Robinson ran a 6.84 in the 60m to grab seventh overall. Braheem Bishop cleared a season-best 1.96m (6-05.00 feet) for third in the high jump and William Gordon was 10th in the shot put with a throw of 14.63m (48-00.00 feet), marking the team's furthest toss of the season.

Alcorn State Sports Information and Grambling State Sports Information contributed to this report.

Don DeNoon Invitational (Southern Illinois; Feb. 2)
Arkansas-Pine Bluff

CARBONDALE, Ill. - Arkansas-Pine Bluff's Wade Garner clocked a 49.10 time in the 400m dash, winning the event during the Don DeNoon Invitational at Southern Illinois on Friday.

Garner was one of three UAPB sprinters to finish in the top six of the 400m, as Rodney Griffin (49.60; 3rd) and Tyran Lyons (50.75; 6th) also competed. The trio also teamed with Malique Smith to win the 4x400m relay for UAPB (3:17.41). Laural Heath (2:30.19) finished second in the 1,000m run. In field events, Travis Bibbs (6.81m) was third in the long jump and second in the triple jump after clearing 14.60m. Teammate Shevon Pipps (14.48m) was third.

On the women's side, Jennifer Watt (25.98) finished fifth in the 200m dash. Camiya Knight (58.32) was fifth in the 400m dash. Tiler Tyler (2:22.84) finished fifth in the 800m as well. Knight, Watt, Tyler and Je-Risa James earned a second place result for the Lady Lions in the 4x400m relay (3:57.25).

J.D. Martin Invitational (Oklahoma, Feb. 3)
Texas Southern

NORMAN, Okla. - Darius Birden (50.10) and Jacob Price (1:55.63) won the 400m and 800m events, respectively, for Texas Southern, and Nikole Haroon's 58.76-second time in the 400m earned victory for the Lady Tigers during the J.D. Martin Invitational at Oklahoma this past weekend.

Jordee Archer-Harvey (6.78) finished second in the 60m dash, and on the women's side Alexis Gray took second place for the Lady Tigers in the 200m dash (24.36). Also on the men's side, Jorge Martinez (9:00.43) was second in the 3,000m run, and Maliek Kendall (8.59) was fifth in the 60m hurdles. TSU also won the 4x440yd relay.

Harvey Kendall won the high jump (2.00m), and Taylor Levine picked up two top-3 showings with a second-place finish in the long jump (6.77m) and a third-place result in the high jump (1.90m). Chris Allen (14.27m) was fifth in the shot put, and Ahmad Francis was fourth in the weight throw (14.52m).

Also on the women's side, Alayshia Jones (1:41.88) was fifth in the 600yd run. DaShavonta Kinney (9.47), Kiya Reeves (9.59) and LaNique Smith (9.68) were third, fourth and fifth, respectively, in the 60m hurdles. The Lady Tigers won the 4x440yd relay event as well. In field events, Quintella Johnson was second in the high jump (1.64m). Cydnee Bush (5.21m) was fifth in the long jump, and Kinney was sixth (5.05m).

Texas Tech Open (Texas Tech; Feb. 2-3)
Prairie View A&M

LUBBOCK, Texas - Henry Brown cleared 2.02m to earn fifth place in the high jump during the Texas Tech open this past weekend.

Prairie View's 4x400m men's relay team finished at 3:13.60 to earn sixth place. The Lady Panthers' relay team earned second place (3:53.50). Tristian Ham cleared 4.89m during the pole vault to win his section and place 10th overall.

On day one, Logan Williams finished fifth in the 60 meter hurdles, with his 8.15 boasting a season best.  Aaron Austin also finished the day with a season best in the 5000 with a time of 16:57 and an 11th place finish.

On the women's team Bryanna Barnett had a top ten finish in the 5000 meter run with a season best time 21:30. Deonca Bookman had a top 10 performance in the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 8.78. Sabrina Ozigbo posted a weight throw of 12.98, which was a college career best to end the day. 

Jaguar Invitational (South Alabama; Feb. 4)
Alabama A&M
Alabama State
Jackson State (Women only)
Mississippi Valley State

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Alabama State nabbed two first-place showings during the South Alabama Jaguar Invitaitonal Sunday afternoon.

Ceasar Kemp finished third in the shot put with a distance of 14.79 meters (48.06.25 feet), while teammate Marqius Nelson finished seventh with a final distance of 13.39 meters (43-11.25). Jamie Brown finished third in the long jump with a distance of 7.20 meters (23-07.50), matching his season-best performance in the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC).

In field events for Alabama A&M, DeAndre Baker leapt a 7.01m (23-00.0 feet) mark to earn fifth in the long jump. Jordan Simons (13.39m) was third in the triple jump for AAMU.

On the track, Lezoghia Member-Meneh claimed another gold, finishing first in the 400-meter dash with a time of 48.68 seconds and beating out Alabama A&M's Alex Ward (48.95), who was second. 

Mississippi Valley's Timothy Misoy (17:11.81) was sixth in the 5000m run, and Alabama A&M's Ty'relle Powell (17:59.89) was seventh. Tre Williams claimed sixth in the 60m hurdles for the Bulldogs with a time of 8.57 seconds. The Bulldogs' 4x400m relay team ran a 3:23.32 to earn fourth place.

In the women's 60m dash finals, Joi Ballard finished third for AAMU (7.59), and Alabama State's Desiree Horn finished seventh with a time of 7.76 seconds. On the men’s side, Norris Spike finished second in a time of 6.82 seconds, and Alabama A&M's Detorrian Green (6.83) was fifth. Alabama State's Ariayanna Val finished fifth in the women's 60m hurdles with a final time of 8.94 seconds.

Arion Span finished second in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:12.17, one second shy of her personal best. Span beat her season best from the UAB Vulcan Invitational, where she ran a time of 2:15.51. Charminique Hackney finished first in the 200-meters with a time 24.11 seconds to set a new meet record set last season by Ravin Gilbert of Georgia State, while Ballard was second (24.56). Hackney now stands second in the SWAC this season in the event.

In the women's 400m dash, Najee Green (56.37) claimed fourth place. Jackson State's duo of Stherline Silenciux (11:07.46) and Jessica Shirley (12:13.42) were sixth and seventh, respectively, in the women's 3000m run. MVSU's Scolasticah Kemei (18:30.35) finished fifth in the women's 5000m run.

Alabama State Athletic Strategic Communications contributed to this report.