Jaguars finish third at SWAC Championships
by Tiana Cephers/SU Sports Information
February 19, 2019
BIRMINGHAM, Ala - The Southern University women’s track and field team concluded the Southwestern Athletic Conference Indoor Championships Friday evening. After two days of competition, the women finished third at the SWAC Championships with a total of 70.5 points.
Senior Faith Estelle set the tone on day one with a first place win and a record throw of 17.09 in the weight throw. Estelle earned a place on the podium and a gold medal and gave the women’s team their first ten points.
Junior Tessa Tony took first in the 800 meter run in the pentathlon with a time of 2:25:30. Tony prevailed to complete each pentathlon event in one day and finished 12th in the shot put, eighth in the long jump, 14th in the high jump and fifth in the 60-meter hurdles. Tony scored 4 points for the women’s team by taking fifth place in the pentathlon.
Junior Nia Williams earned her spot on the podium by picking up a bronze medal in the 60 meter-hurdles with a time of 8:83. Williams contributed six points towards the women’s team point total.
Sophomore Raelynn Price finished third in the 800-meters for the second year in a row with a time of 2:18:44. Price was fourth going to the SWAC championship and earned a place on the podium.
Freshman Sydney Minor got her first taste of the collegiate conference meet but that didn't stop her from earning her first a piece of hard medal. Minor took third in the mile run with a time of 5:23:28.
Senior Danae Colston got her first bronze medal of her collegiate career in the 5000 meters with a huge personal best record of 19:34.15. Colston also finished fourth in the 3000 meters run with a time of 11:01.78. Colston racked up eleven points alone between both races for her team.
The women’s 4x400 meter team; Terralicia Mercadel, Ashley Miles, Tessa Toney, and Raelynn Price placed third for the second year in the row with a time of 3:47.11.
“This is a midseason test,” said head coach Teremine White.
The women’s team had a successful indoor season and are looking forward to the outdoor season. The outdoor season will start March 2, 2019, in Hammond at Southeastern Louisiana University.