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Outdoor Track and Field Recaps: March 15-17

Courtesy: SWAC.org
Release: 03/18/2018
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Cougar Spring Break Invitational (University of Houston, March 15)
Prairie View A&M

HOUSTON - Prairie View A&M participated in the U of H Spring Invite on Thursday in preparation for the two day event at the Texas Southern Relays starting Friday.

On the women's side, Dinah Murphy was a fourth-place finisher, winning her heat with a career-best time of 2:17.

Noelia Rodriguez finished closely behind Murphy with a time of 2:17.17 in heat one, finishing the run in fifth place. 

JoAnna Benavidez finished fourth with a time of 5:02.67 in the 1,500m, posting a career best.

In the 4x100 the PVAMU team of Takara Coleman, Folami Williams, Mia Robinson and Alicia Carter finished with a time of 47.70 and a second place finish behind host team Houston.  In the final running event of the day the quad of Rogers, Mitchell-Jemison, Coleman and Bookman crossed the line at 3:45.20 finishing in third in the 4x400 and a season best.

In the women's field events Nekiesha Bailey won the high jump after she posted a career-best 1.80m (5-10.75) mark. Brianna Robinson had a fifth place finish and a 3.40m mark in the pole vault.

Kaizha Roberts won the triple jump with a mark of 11.66m.

On the men's side, Tracy Malrey placed second in the men's 800m run with a time of 2:00.46 marking a career best.  Following the relays was the 1500m race which, Gabriel Price crossed the line first for the Panthers with a time of 4:18.13.

Lorenzo Easly won the 400m hurdles with a time of 55.57. The men's 4x100 (40.76) earned second place, behind host team Houston, with the team of senior William Polley, junior Samuel Omoera, Richardson and sophomore Carl Jordan. In the field events Henry Brown placed third in the high jump with a mark of 1.93m. Sunne Rodriguez placed fifth in the pole vault at a mark of 4.60m to round out all the events for the Panthers.

Courtesy: PVAMU Athletics Communications

Rhodes Invitational (Rhodes College; March 16)
Arkansas-Pine Bluff

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Arkansas-Pine Bluff's 4x800m relay team -- Wade Garner, Malique Smith, Laural Heath, Harlan Clarke -- clocked a 7:40.65 to win its meet during the Rhodes Invitational on Friday.

Additionally, UAPB's 4x400m men's relay team -- Garner, Smith, Tyran Lyons, Rodney Griffin -- finished fourth with a time of 3:15.89 in competition.

On the women's side, Jennifer Watt finished fourth in the 100m dash with a time of 12.09 seconds. Watt also claimed a fifth-place finish in the 200m dash (25.09). Summer Gilliam and Cedreahna Kennedy clocked 14.96 respectively for top-5 finishes in the 100m hurdles. 

Watt, Briana Burke, Ashley Tasher and Camiya Knight earned fourth in the 4x100m relay (48.27). Tasher cleared 5.16m to win her flight in the long jump, earning a top-15 placing in the process.

Keziann Jones was fourth in the shot put (13.39m).

2018 Louisiana Classics (University of Louisiana-Lafayette; March 16)
Alcorn State

LAFAYETTE, La. - Alcorn State’s men's and women's track teams continue to show improvement as the Braves and Lady Braves competed in the Louisiana Classic Saturday, host by Louisiana-Lafayette at the Ragin' Cajuns Soccer and Track Facility.

Euricka Hardy placed second in the women's 100-meter dash with a time of 11.63 and Tymesha Nabors improved her time in the 4x400-meter hurdles as she crossed the line in 1:02.13, good for third place.

The Lady Braves also performed well in the relays. The team of Mya Lloyd, Jada Hunt, Shameka Grover, and Hardy finished second in the 4x100 with a combined 46.47. Additionally, Nathalya McMillion, Jessica Ransom, DeKari Courtney, and Nabors ran a 3:46.77 in the 4x400 to finish just behind the Louisiana Tech team for second place.

On the men's side, Kemar Cumberbatch and Bralon Robinson showed off their speed as both turned in 10.32s in the 100-meter dash to come in second and third. The times rank top five in the nation among NCAA Division I sprinters.

Jaylen Muhammed, Aaron Worell, Cumberbatch, and Robinson won the men's 4x100 relay with a 41.16. The group of Darius Major, Lane Ross, Peterson Saint-Cyrin, and Josias Jean went fourth in the 4x400 relay (3:20.70).

In the field events, Worell cleared 2.02 meters (6-7.50 feet) to tie for second in the high jump.

Courtesy: Alcorn State Sports Information

Yellow Jacket Invitational (Georgia Tech; March 16)
Alabama A&M

ATLANTA - Alabama A&M's Alex Ward ran a 52.82 in the 400m dash to finish second at the Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket Invitational this past weekend.

Teammate Tre Williams was third with a time of 53.02. DeTorrian Green finished fifth in the 100m dash (10.68), and Ward and Green teamed with Donald Weakley and Joshua Napier to finish fourth in the 4x100m relay (40.94). Ward, Williams, Napier and Leroy Campbell were fourth in the 4x400m relay (3:15.47), winning their heat in the process.

DeAndre Baker (6.94m) finished third in the long jump, and Akeem Samules (40.93m) finished fifth in the discus throw.

On the women's side, Lady Bulldogs sprinter Joi Ballard won her heat of the 100m dash with a 12.00 flat time. Ballard (24.52) and Akia Slaughter (24.55) earned top-10 results in the 200m dash, with Slaughter having the best time of her heat.

Ballard, Slaughter, Kala Spinks and Davina Young finished fourth in the 4x100m relay (46.40) for AAMU. In field events, Alexis Lucas (43.67m) was second in the discus throw.

Black and Gold Invitational (Central Florida; March 16-17)
Alabama State

ORLANDO, Fla. - Alabama State finished the Black and Gold Challenge with multiple top ten finishes in competition at the University of Central Florida.

On the women's side, the Lady Hornets 4x100-meter relay came in sixth place with a time of 45.60 seconds. Teammates Ariayanna Val and Christine Lavallias finished in 12th and 14th place, with times of 14.63 and 14.64, respectively. Shamaria Lovett finished the 400-meter dash in eighth place with a time of 55.80 seconds, then finished first in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:01.56.

Arion Span placed third in the 800-meter run with at time of 2:12.20, Charminique Hackney came in ninth place in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.04 seconds.

Desiree Horn finished fourth in the long jump with a distance of 5.66 meters (18-07.00), to set a new personal record.  Teammate Roderica White jumped a height of 1.68 meters (5-06.00) in the high jump. Roderica White wrapped up the Friday field events with a third place finish in the triple jump, finishing with a distance of 11.18 meters (36-08.00).

On the men's side, the Hornets finished first in the 4x100-meter relay besting their own relay record with a time of 40.42 seconds. Meanwhile, Joshua Coffelt finished seventh in the 1500-meters with a time of 4:05.19.

Terrance Adams 10th in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 57.46 seconds. Meanwhile, Josh Davis finished third in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.49 seconds, while teammate Norris Spike placed eighth with a time of 10.69 seconds.

In the 800-meter run, Andrew Jackson finished third with a time of 1:55.99.    

Caesar Kemp set a new personal best in the discus with a distance of 46.17 meters (151-06.00), and finished fifth in the shot put with distance of 17.01 meters (55-09.00).

Jamie Brown placed third in the high jump with a height of 1.93 meters (6-04.00).

Courtesy: Alabama State Athletic Strategic Communications

67th Annual TSU Relays (Texas Southern; March 16-17)
Grambling State
Jackson State
Prairie View A&M
Texas Southern

HOUSTON - Jackson State's Justin Thomas (10.56) won the men's 100m dash, and Texas Southern's Alexis Gray won the women's 100m (11.95) and 200m (24.64) events during the 67th Annual TSU Relays this past weekend.

Roman Turner of Texas Southern (10.65) was second. Also for Jackson State, Chris Felix (21.97) finished third in the 200m dash. JSU's William Carroll won his heat of the 800m with a time of 1:59.18, and Henry Kiplagat (15:22.87) earned second place in the 5000m run. Grambling's Hassan Chepkwony finished third in the 5000m event (15:24.83), and TSU's Jorge Martinez was fourth (15:59.71).

Darius Birden of Texas Southern finished second in the 400m dash (47.52)

Jackson State's Azariah Foster (14.43) won the 100m hurdles and the 400m hurdles (52.00). Thomas, Joshua Hilliard, Jauan Addison and Jailen Bell won the 4x100m relay for JSU (40.37).

Prairie View's quartet -- Carl Jordan, William Polley, Samuel Omoera and Ansar Richardson (1:23.61) -- won the 4x200m relay event. Jordan, Polley, Logan Williams and Terrell Moses also claimed another victory for PVAMU in relay events, taking the 4x400m (3:09.95) over Texas Southern (3:10.04). Grambling State's team finished third (3:12.24).

Prairie View's Sunne Rodriguez Weems cleared 4.70m in the pole vault, finishing second.

Jackson State's Ryan Theyard (7.12m) won the long jump. Grambling's Altany Wilson (6.92m) was fourth.

Texas Southern's Harvey Kendall (14.82m) took the win in the triple jump, beating out JSU's Jauvany Hyde (14.66m). Chris Allen won the shot put for TSU with a throw of 14.40m, easily besting Jackson State's Seth Gipson (12.31m), who finished second. Gipson (41.55m) was third in the discus throw.

Also on the women's side, TSU's Nikole Haroon clocked a 54.82 to win the 400m dash. PVAMU's Husniyyah Rogers (2:18.37) and Noella Rodriguez (2:20.35) finished second and third in the 800m run. 

Grambling took the second, third, fourth and fifth places in the 5000m run, as Naomi Kiprop led the GSU distance runners with a time of 19:36.59. 

Prairie View's Deonca Bookman won the 100m hurdles (14.34) and the 400m hurdles (59.68). TSU's 4x100m relay team earned second place with a time of 46.21, and the Texas Southern 4x200m team took second in its race as well (1:36.89). TSU's 4x400m completed a strong meet for the homestanding Lady Tigers, winning with a time of 3:58.00

In field events, Quintella Johnson (1.72m) won the high jump for Texas Southern. Prairie View A&M swept the pole vault with Brianna Robinson (3.36m) winning the event.