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Outdoor Track and Field Recaps: March 23-24

Courtesy: SWAC.org
Release: 03/25/2018
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Bobby Lane Invitational (Texas-Arlington; March 23-24)
Arkansas-Pine Bluff

ARLINGTON, Texas - Arkansas-Pine Bluff's Wade Garner clocked a 47.05-second time to win the men's 400m dash during the Bobby Lane Invitational at the University of Texas-Arlington this past weekend.

Malique Smith won the 800m run with a time of 1:54.19. Fellow Golen Lion Harlan Clarke was third (1:56.7). Laural Heath took fifth place in the 1500m run with a time of 3:58.96 minutes. In the 400m hurdles, Rasheed McAlpin (53.33) was second. UAPB's 4x100m (42.33) and 4x400m (3:14.85) relay teams finished fourth and second, respectively, in their events. In field events, Travis Bibbs cleared 7.07m in the long jump, good for third place. Bibbs also finished second in the triple jump (15.22m).

On the women's side, Briana Burke took second place in the long jump with a mark of 6.06m. Keziann Jones earned fourth place in the hammer throw with a distance of 48.59m.

Al Schmidt Bulldog Relays (Mississippi State;  March 23-24)
Alcorn State
Grambling State

STARKVILLE, Miss. - During this past weekend's Al Schmidt Bulldog Relays at Mississippi State University, the Alcorn State Lady Braves finished 1-2-3 in the 200-meter dash as Euricka Hardy ran a 24.10 to win the event while Jada Hunt and Shameka Grover ran 24.36s to tie for second.

Hardy also competed in the 100-meter dash, where she turned in an 11.97 to place second. Jessica Ransom claimed the 400-meter dash with a season-best 54.64, while teammate Nathalya McMillion improved her time with a 56.92, good for third. DeKari Courtney finished fifth in the 100-meter hurdles (14.60).

In the relays, the team of Grover, Hardy, Mya Lloyd, and Hunt was first in the 4x100 with a combined time of 46.00.

For the Braves, Bralon Robinson turned in a 10.41 in the 100-meter dash to place second. Kemar Cumberbatch, Aaron Worell, Jaylen Muhammed, and Robinson were fourth in the 4x100-meter relay with a mark of 40:91. J'Koven Celestine and Worell took eighth and ninth in the long jump. Celestine leapt 6.78m (22-3.0 feet) and Worell was close behind with a jump of 6.77m (22-2.50 feet).

On the track for the Lady Tigers, the 4x200m relay team of Angel Byers, Daneisha Curry, Jeunice Maxime’ and Takira Koonce finished third behind Missouri State and Mississippi State. Grambling State crossed the finish line in 1:40.91. The same team of Byers, Curry, Koonce and Maxime’ placed third in the 4x100 relay in 48.06 as Alcorn State and Arkansas State finished first and second, respectively.

On the men’s side, Hassan Chepkwony placed finished just off the awards podium in fourth, with a time of 15:42.34, in the 5000m.

In the relays, the team of Evan Chambers, Lachavius Grimes, Barrington Walker and Altany Wilson placed second in the 4x200m relay with a time of 1:26.23, while also placing second in the 1600 Spring Medley Relay (SMR) at 3:33.17. The team completed an outstanding relay’s and finished third in the 4x400m, just behind Memphis and Mississippi State, in 3:15.39.

In the field events, David Parker finished second in the high jump, with a leap of 2.05m (6-feet, 8.75 inches).

Alcorn State Sports Information and Grambling State Sports Information collaborated on this report.

SELA SU Duals (Southeastern Louisiana; March 23)

HAMMOND, La. - Southern's Terralicia Mercadel won the women's 200m dash with a time of 24.50 seconds and the 400m dash with a time of 55.56 as the Jaguars went head-to-head against Southeastern Louisiana during the SELA/SU Duals Friday.

Danae Colston (5:15.25) and Dayza Mitchell (5:18.64) went 1-2 in the women's 1500m run. Tessa Toney won the 400m hurdles (1:04.71). In field events, Vashti Hannah cleared 6.00m to win the long jump. Hannah (11.88m) also won the long jump.

On the men's side, Artis McCoy turned in the fastest time among attached athletes in the 400m dash (49.38), good for second overall.

Weems-Baskin Relays (South Carolina; March 23-24)
Alabama A&M
Alabaam State

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Charminique Hackney won one of two gold medals on the women’s side as she turned in the fastest time on the track in the 200 meters. She crossed the line in a time of 23.40, setting a new top time in the conference, besting the mark of Alexis Gray from Texas Southern of 23.59 seconds.

Arion Span claimed the second gold medal of the day for the Lady Hornets, as she finished first in the 800 meters (open) with a time of 2:12.79; beating Nuria Tillo-Prats of East Carolina who crossed the line in a time of 2:12.90.

Not to be outdone, the men’s side captured a pair of gold finishes as well with Josh Davis crossing the line first in the 200 meters in a time 20.87 seconds. The time is the best mark in the conference this season, besting the mark of DeTorrian Green of Alabama A&M.

The men’s 4x100-meter relay team also crossed the line first with a time of 40.41 seconds. The time beats the Hornets’ time of 40.42 seconds, which is third in the conference through three weeks of the season. Alabama A&M’s relay team was seventh in the event (41.66).

Also for the Lady Hornets, Shamaria Lovett finished fourth overall in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:01.95. Roderica White was the top finisher for the Lady Hornets in the high jump, finishing third with a clearance of 1.59 meters (5-02.50).

Kristen Thompson finished fifth in the discus with a distance of 41.37 meters (135-09.00).

Terrance Adams, after qualifying fourth, finished second in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 13.87 seconds. He was the top collegiate athlete to finish, and came in .01 seconds ahead of Todd Townsend of North Carolina A&T.

In a fast 4x800-meter relay, the Alabama State team of Arion Span, Hannah Mezidor, Sade Lavallias and Kleo Torres kept pace with South Carolina for much of the race, finishing second in a time of 9:32.06 – two seconds ahead of Appalachian State in third.

Alexis Pickney finished sixth in the pole vault with a height of 3.00 meters (9-10.00), while Lakeyah Blackmon finished eighth with a height of 2.80 meters (9-02.25). Desiree Horn finished tied for seventh in the long jump with a distance of 5.46 meters (17-11.00), while Bridgette Williams finished fourth in the javelin with a throw of 30.16 meters (98-11.00).

Alabama A&M’s DeAndre Baker (6.97m) finished fifth in the long jump. Lady Bulldog sprinter Joi Ballard finished with a time of 11.83 seconds to take a top 10 showing in the 100m dash.

Courtesy: Alabama State Athletic Strategic Communications

PV Relays (Prairie View A&M; March 23-24)
Prairie View A&M
Texas Southern

PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas - Texas Southern's men and Prairie View A&M's women won the team competition during the PV Relays on the campus of Prairie View A&M University this past weekend.

TSU tallied 198 points to best host Prairie View A&M (183). The Lady Panthers scored 184 points, comfortably outdistancing second place Texas Southern (119).

On the women's side, Prairie View's Deonca Bookman set a new PV Relays record from last season posting a first place finish with a time of 58.78 in the women's 400 hurdles. Bookman also finished first in the 100H also besting her time of 14.28 from last year with a time of 13.65, while TSU's Rakalya Robertson (14.78) was second. Bookman's teammate Joanna Benavidez posted a second place finish with a time of 19:28.83 in the 5000. Benavidez also placed second in the 1500m run with a time of 5:17.22.

Texas Southern's Alexis Gray won the women's 100m (11.7) and 200m (23.59) dash events. Nikole Haroon of TSU was second in the 200m with a 24.39 time, and she won the 400m dash with a time of 57.17.

The Lady Panthers' women's 4x100m relay team finished first amongst colleges with a time of 47.33 with the team of King, Roberts, Mosley and Alicia Carter. The PVAMU A team of the 4x400 finished first, with the quad of Husniyyah Rogers, Takara Coleman, Mitchell-Jemison and Bookman finished with a time of 3:51.44 

In the field events, Nekiesha Bailey placed first in the high jump marking a 1.78m jump.  

Lakeydra Mosley placed first in the pole vault with a vault of 3.36m out doing her last season mark of 2.98m at PV Relays.  Briana Robinson placed second in the same event with a final vault also at 3.36m, while teammate Geordann Yelder posted a career best and a third place finish at 3.12m. 

The Lady Panthers had three freshman to finish first, second and third in the long jump. Kaizha Roberts posted a career best of 6.03m, while Devynn King had a career mark of 5.89m. Katherine Jackson marked out at 5.46m.

Texas Southern's Christelle Nintcheu won the shot put, clearing 12.25m. She also claimed the win in the hammer throw (39.45m) and was second in the javelin (36.66m).

For the men, Levante Williams finished in first during the 5000m run for the Panthers with a time of 15:56.95 setting a new PV Relays record from last season (16.26.26).  Logan Williams posted a season best time of 53.54 and a first place finish in the men's 400m hurdles.

In the 1500 meter run freshman Tracy Malrey placed first and a personal best time of 4:11.74 and teammate Gabriel Price placed third with a time of 4:18.55.  In the last event of the day the men's 4x400 quad of Terrell Moses, Carl Jordan, L. Williams and Polley placed first with a time of 3:11.05.

Kenneth White and Bronshaye Bolden went 1-2 for Texas Southern in the 400m dash. White won it with a time of 49.74, while Bolden was second with a time of 50 seconds flat. TSU's Jacob Price won the 800m run (1:55.67).

PVAMU's Sunne Rodriguez-Weems and Tristan Ham placed first and second in the men's pole vault.  Rodriguez-Weems marked a height of 4.85m, besting his teammate's mark of 4.75 from last year's relays.  Ham finished with a vault of 4.70m. 

Also in field events, Texas Southern's Harvey Kendall cleared 2.03m to win the high jump. Teammate Taylor Levine was third (1.93m). Kendall was second in the long jump (6.67m). Byron Edwards took the triple jump for Texas Southern with a mark of 13.72m.

Chris Allen cleared 13.95m as the TSU hurler won the shot put. Allen was second in the discus (35.63m) behind teammate Terrell Perry, who won with a 39.16m distance. Perry also won the hammer throw (45.40m) ahead of fellow TSU Tiger Ahmad Francis (43.09m), who also finished second in the javelin throw (49.09m).

PVAMU Athletics Communications contributed to this report.