Outdoor Track and Field Athletes of the Week: April 4
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Mississippi Valley State sprinter Laval Davis, Prairie View A&M hurdler Deonca Bookman, Alabama State thrower Caesar Kemp, and Arkansas-Pine Bluff thrower Keziann Jones have been named the Southwestern Athletic Conference's Track and Field athletes of the week following their performances this past weekend.
Men's Track Athlete of the Week - Laval Davis, Mississippi Valley State
Fr. | Sprints/Relays | 6-0 | Jacksonville, Fla.
During the Southern Mississippi Invitational, Davis collected two top-3 showings in individual competion. The freshman finished third in the 200-meter dash with a time of 21.56 seconds -- just over a tenth off his personal-best mark -- and followed that up by setting a new personal best in the 400-meter dash. Davis ran a 48.65-second time to claim third place in that event as well. Additionally, he helped the Delta Devils' 4x400-meter relay team to a sixth-place result thanks to a time of 3:27.25.
Women's Track Athlete of the Week - Deonca Bookman, Prairie View A&M
Sr. | Hurdles/Relays | 5-2 | Allen, Texas
Bookman set a new personal-best in the 400-meter hurdles during the Home Depot Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays at the University of Texas this past weekend. Bookman finished second with a time of 56.78 seconds, which is not only the best time among SWAC performance lists, but is also the second-fastest time in the nation behind LSU's Kymber Payne. Bookman was also a part of PVAMU's 4x400-meter relay team that won at the Texas State Bobcat Invitational with a time of 3:42.00, which is the top-ranked time in the event among conference teams.
Men's Field Athlete of the Week - Caesar Kemp, Alabama State
Fr. | Thrower | Kingston, Jamaica
Kemp finished second in the shot put event during the Pepsi Florida Relays at the University of Florida this past weekend, clearing 16.85m (55-03.50 feet) in the event. The mark is just off Kemp's personal best in the discipline. Kemp, who sits atop SWAC performance lists in the shot put and discus throw events, has the best distance in the shot put event by more than four feet and has finished top 10 in the event in every meet he's competed in thus far during the outdoor season.
Women's Field Athlete of the Week - Keziann Jones, Arkansas-Pine Bluff
Jr. | Thrower | 5-8 | Brooklyn, N.Y.
Jones took home fifth place during the women's shot put event at the Texas State Bobcat Invitational. The junior made a toss of 13.65m (44-09.50 feet), which represents a new personal best mark. Jones also finished 11th in the hammer throw with a distance of 45.08m (147-11.00 feet). With her results in the shot put, Jones is now the top-ranked athlete in the event among all SWAC athletes this season.