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Alabama State wins 8th straight Outdoor Track & Field Title

Courtesy: SWAC.org
Release: 05/07/2017
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A dominant performance in the women's 100-meter dash aided Alabama State University in winning its eighth-straight Southwestern Athletic Conference Women's Outdoor Track and Field Championship. It is the 12th overall for the program and the sixth-straight time ASU has won the SWAC “Triple Crown” of Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field in the same season.

Alabama State claimed the top five spots in the event, scoring 31 points in the race that ultimately put them atop the team standings for good. Kaila Lewis won the event in 11.60 seconds, as Desiree Horn (11.85) finished second and Monica Howard (11.89) was third.

Grambling's Halima Chepkwony was named the women's most outstanding track performer, earning 30 points in four events, including a win in the 10,000-meter run. Texas Southern's Miriam Pierre took home women's most outstanding field performer honors with 28 points in three events, winning the discus and javelin events and placing second in the women's hammer throw.

Ritchie Beene of Alabama State was named 2017 SWAC Women's Outdoor Track and Field Coach of the Year. Full standings and day three results are listed below.


1) Alabama State (183.5)
2) Prairie View (155.5)   
3) Texas Southern (133.5)
4) Mississippi Valley (73)      
5) Grambling (72)
6) Jackson State (51)
7) Alabama A&M (49.5)    
8) Alcorn State (45)      
9) Southern (34)
10) Arkansas-Pine Bluff (17)

Miriam Pierre of Texas Southern won her second gold medal in as many days, claiming the discus throw event with a toss of 47.96 meters. Kenya Wheeler of Grambling (46.28m) was second, and in third was LaToya Gilding of Jackson State (46.23m).

Mississippi Valley State's Terra Edwards earned the top spot on the podium in the women's triple jump (12.43 meters). Zakia Johnson of Prairie View (12.20m) was second, and in third was Grambling jumper Darlene Desmangles (11.96m).

Alabama State blazed a 45.06-second time in winning the 4x100-meter relay. Prairie View (45.66) overtook Texas Southern (45.82) down the home stretch to earn silver, relegating the Lady Tigers to the bronze.

Alabama State finished 1-2 in the 1500-meter run as Arion Span (4:49.21) outlasted Tatiana Etienne (4:50.59) to win the gold. In third was Scolasticah Kemei of Mississippi Valley with a time of 4:52.10.

Nekiesha Bailey of Prairie View won the women's high jump with a distance of 1.75m. In second place was Alabama State's Alicia Terrell (1.67m) and in third was Alabama A&M Chloe Jenkins (1.63m).

Deonca Bookman won the 100-meter hurdles in 13.61 seconds, fending off silver medalist and teammate Folami Williams (14.24 seconds) and Jackson State's Jahelle Cato (14.30 seconds).

Texas Southern's Breana Dockery overtook the field over the final 100 meters of the women's 400-meter dash, winning the gold (54.14 seconds). Takara Coleman of Prairie View (54.39) was second, and Mississippi Valley's Najee Green (54.51) was third.

Tatiana Etienne won the women's 800-meter run for Alabama State, finishing in 2:15.41. Fellow Lady Hornet Arion Span (2:15.93) was second, and Jackson State's Akeilia Knight (2:16.24) was third.

Deonca Bookman (59.49) won the women's 400-meter hurdles. Teammate Zakia Johnson (1:01.73) was second and Rykeisha Bankhead (1:03.01) of Southern was third.

Kaila Lewis of Alabama State grabbed another gold medal, this one in the 200-meter dash. She finished in 23.69. Alexis Gray of Texas Southern earned silver with a time of 23.99 seconds, and Takara Coleman (24.05) of Prairie View was third.

Scholasticah Kemei of Mississippi Valley State won the women's 5,000-meter run with a time of 19:02.56. In second was Grambling's Halima Chepkwony (19:16.06), and coming in third was Alabama State's Sade Lavallias (19:38.71).

Prairie View's Lakeydra Mosely claimed the pole vault with a mark of 3.31 meters, besting Alabama State's Alexis Pickney (3.21m) and Lakeyah Blackmon (3.11m) who were second and third, respectively.

Prairie View A&M closed the meet with a win in the women's 4x400-meter relay, clocking in at 3:44.43. Alabama State was second at 3:46.27, and Texas Southern (3:46.97) was third.