Southern University men's and women's indoor track team kicked off the 2018 indoor season at the Purple Tiger Invitational hosted by Louisiana State University at the Carl Maddox Fieldhouse Friday. The Jaguars fielded 40 total athletes (17 men, and 23 women) and four relay teams.
The men's weight throw kicked off the day for the Purple Tiger Invite and Southern's Jeremy Bass placed eighth place with a throw of 13.99m. Charles Clark placed 10th with a throw of 13.69m and Lewis London fouled out.
The women's weight throw followed the men's and Southern's Jamara Russ picked up where she left off last season, where Russ successfully defended her 2016 title in the women’s weight throw, shattering her own meet record of 18.61m in the event by making a toss of 19.25m. After qualifying for the finals on her final toss in the prelims, Russ locked up the second place finish with a throw of 17.52m on her second attempt. Russ also added a third place finish in shot put.
Teammate Faith Estelle rounded out the Top 10 with an eighth-place finish with a throw of 15.53m. McCoy Alexandria finished 16th with a throw of 10.38m, Sparks Skiye and K'yana Jackson finished 20th and 21st respectively.
The Jaguars' Terralicia Mercadel had a good day on the track, placing second in the 200m run with a time 25.65 and seventh in the 500m run a time 1:21.18. Ashley Mile and Nia Williams placed fifth and sixth respectively.
Vashti Hannah placed first in the long jump recording a 5.54m jump, beating out Danielle Wember of Tulane by .08 meters
For the men, Abraham Gordwin stood out on the track placing third in the 200m run.
The Jaguars will be back in action Jan. 12 when both the men and women squads travel west along Interstate 10 to competet at the McNeese Opener in Lake Charles, La.