Two First-Place Finishes Highlight Track & Field At LSU Meet
Grant and Drayden Earn First-Place Finishes In First Indoor Meet
BATON ROUGE - The North Texas track & field team opened the 2017 indoor season with two first-place finishes and a couple podium marks Friday at the Purple Tiger Invitational held inside Carl Maddox Field House.
"It was a great start to the indoor season, " head coach Carl Sheffield said. "We didn't quite know how it would turn out. Kevone Kennedy started where he left off last spring, leading the field event with a personal best in the weight throw. Freshman long jumper Howard Grant won his first collegiate competition by surpassing his all-time personal records. Dominique Drayden continued to set his sights on staying atop the conference leaderboard."
Freshman Howard Grant, competing in his first collegiate meet, came in first place with a jump of 7.27 meters in the men's long jump.
In the men's triple jump, senior Dominique Drayden took home first place and set a career-best mark of 14.86 meters (48-09 feet). In the women's triple jump, junior Chelsea Classo finish third with a jump of 11.76 meters (38-07 feet). Freshman Breanna Eckels was fourth with a jump of 11.75 meters (38-06 feet).
Kevone Kennedy set a career-best mark of 17.32 meters in the men's weight throw placing second. On his third attempt, Kennedy missed first place by .9 meters as Northwestern State's Kyrin Tucker won first at 17.41 meters.
Senior Jamison Justice finished second in the men's 200-meter dash with a time of 22.41, coming just one-tenth of a second from first place (22.40).
Junior Lafiel Smith qualified for the 60-meter hurdles finals and placed fifth with a time of 8.66. Senior Collin Heard qualified for the 60m dash final and was seventh at 6.96.
In the women's 4x400-meter relay, North Texas (Artesha Richardson, Darrian Johnson, Bria Williams, Victoria Junious) finished sixth.
In the final event of the meet, North Texas (Jamison Justice, James Cole, DJ Simon, Collin Heard) finished fourth in the men's 4x400m relay.
"It was good competition for us coming off the holiday break," added Sheffield. "It gives us a chance to see where we are and prepare for the upcoming season. Our next meet at Texas A&M will be a scored team competition. We will take our full squad to see how we match up."
-Two first-place finishes and 11 top-10 marks in the first meet of the season
-In her first collegiate meet, freshman Breanna Eckels finished 18th in the women's 60-meter dash prelims with a time of 7.84
-In her first collegiate meet, freshman Bailey Ashmore came in 6th in the women's pole vault at 3.44 meters
-Freshman Jennifer White finished seventh in the women's mile with a time of 5:29.91
-Freshman Darrian Johnson finished ninth in the women's 400-meter dash with a time of 1:01.65
-Freshman Tori Valka finished fifth in the women's 800-meter run with a time of 2:24.40
-Junior Siara Obasuyi finished sixth in the women's 200-meter dash with a time of 25.81
North Texas travels to College Station to participate in the Texas A&M Indoor Invitational on Jan. 13