LAKE CHARLES, La. -- Southern University track and field continues to turn in solid results as the Jaguars competed at the McNeese State Invitational II at the Ralph O. Ward Recreation Center Friday.
"Over the past few weeks, our kids have been responding really well to their training and in competition over the past few weekends," said head coach Teremine White. "They are getting better every week. We are going to stick to what we are doing into getting even better performances in weeks to come."
The Jaguars had multiple student-athletes finished in the top three in their prospective events led by sophomore Vashti Hanna was the first to finish atop of her event, continuing a strong start to her season. Hanna, a native of Bridgeton, N.J., has placed first in all four meets this season.
On Friday, Hanna jumped a season-best 5.69m. Hanna made her collegiate debut at the triple jump, leaping to a fourth-place finish of 11.62m.
Terralicia Mercadel also recorded another strong performance, placing first in the 400 meters for the second consecutive meet with a time of 57.19, just .05 seconds off her season best of 57.14. Teammate Ashley Miles finished fourth in the 400 meter with a time of
Camryn Hawkins finished first in the 200 meters posting a career indoor time of 24.89, which presently ranks 156th in the NCAA. Hawkins came into the 200m right after finishing third in the 50 meter dash with a time of 7.24.
Jaguars other notable finishes in the 200m run, Ashley Miles finished 6th with a time of 23.64 and Nia Williams finished 7th with a time of 26.78. On the men's side, Artis McCoy recorded a 7th place finish with a time of 23.07.
In the 55m dash, Abraham Gordwin finish 6th in the finals with a time of 6.70, for the women's Nia Williams finished fourth in the finals with a time of 7.28m.
Amari Calvillo-Tatum finished third in the 400m with a time of 51.34.
Tiana Cephers rounded out the triple jump with a fourth-place finish with a jump of 10.8 m.
Weight throw continues to perform well led by Jamira Russ, who threw 17.20m for a third-place finish, her lowest marks in four meets of the season. The Plaquemine, La. native ranks 57th in the NCAA with her throw of 18.75m at the Emory Invitational. Jeremy Bass recorded a second place finish for the men's indoor team with a 15.27m throw.
Southern women's team will have one final tune-up meet before heading to Birmingham, Alabama for the Southwestern Athletic Conference Indoor Track & Field Championship, while the men's team will end their season at the Bayou Bengal Invitational at the LSU Carl Maddox Fieldhouse.
Weight throw will get the day started at the Bayou Bengal Invitational. First throw is set to 11:30 a.m.