Track and Field starts outdoor season with a bang
FORT WORTH, Texas -- The Southern University Jaguar Women's Track & Field team showed up and showed out at the Herman Clark Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas to open up its 2018 outdoor campaign.
The Jaguars finished third in team competition tallying up 113 points, they placed behind Prairie View(231), and Grambling State(114). Jackson State finished fourth (58).
Southern took home five first-place finishes.
Senior Jamira Russ took the first first-place finish home in the discus, with a throw of 40.30m. J'Yana Jackson finished second with a throw of 38.87m. Alexandria McCoy recorded a top-five finish with an 11.83m throw. Skyie Sparks finished in seventh place on her first throw recording 11.19m throw.
SWAC Indoor Long Jump Champion Vashti Hanna started where she finished during the indoor season, recording another first place finish with a jump of 5.61m. Domonique Dorsey finished in sixth place. Hanna claimed a second place finish in the triple jump.
Nia Williams ran 12.12 seconds to claim a first place finished in the 100m dash. Teammate Raelynn Price placed 3rd in the 800m run recording a time of 2:25.63.
Danae Colston secured four points in the 1500m with a fifth-place time of 5:20.99. Colston recorded a fourth place in the 5000m with a time of 18:39.93.
Tessa Toney recorded a personal best 1:03.78 for a first-place finish in the 400m hurdles.
Southern relay team took first place in the 4x100 (Camryn Hawkins, Nia Williams, Terralicia Mercadel, and Vashti Hannah) 45.93 seconds and the 4x200 (Hawkins, Ashley Miles, Williams, and Mercadel) 1:37.25. The Jaguars placed second in the 4x400m (Hawkins, Miles, Price, and Mercadel) 3:49.37.
The men's squad finished third in points (82) behind Prairie View A&M (170) and Grambling State (107).
Artis McCoy lead the Jaguars recording 11 points for the Jaguars, securing a third place in the 200m run and placed fourth in teh 4x200 finished fourth.
In the 5000 meter race, Abraham Kiprop finished in sixth place to earn 3 points.
Keshaun Javious ran a personal best 4:14.37 to earn a fourth-place finish in the 1500m run. Also, scoring in the event was Nickson Kipleting finished in fifth place.
In the 800 meters, Isaac Brown placed second with a time of 1:58.30 behind Grambling State Montieco Harris time of 1:58.02.
Southern will stay in state and travel to Lafayette to compete in the 2018 Louisiana Classic. Field events are set to begin on Friday and will conclude the running events on Saturday.