Banged up Lions still perform well at LSU Relays

In a meet where many athletes were held out due to injury, the Men and Women’s Track and Field teams still managed to come away with some positive results over the weekend at the LSU Tiger Relays in Baton Rouge, La.

Southeastern competed with over 10 different schools including, Southern University, Akron, Mississippi Valley, Dillard, LSU, Memphis and conference rivals Nicholls State and Northwestern.

The Lions were not able to participate in all events, but some notable events included the women’s 1500m run, 5000m run, 4x800m relay, high, long and triple jump, with the shot put and javelin throws rounding out the field events.

The men competed in the 1500m run, 4x100m relay, 4x800m relay, distance medley, high and long jump and pole vault, with the shot put and hammer throws concluding the field events for the day.

“We came into this event pretty banged up, so we did well considering the amount of athletes we had out,” said Head Coach Sean Brady.

Southeastern performed well in both the women’s and men’s medley, as Alicai Noel, Whitney Curry, Heather Fitzhenry and Brittany Blackmon finished fourth with a time of 12:31.55 and the men’s squad of Seth Cunningham, Cameron Lawrence, Reese Lee and Shaquille Brown teamed for a third place finish and a time of 10:16.20.

“We were very pleased with our efforts in the distance medley,” said Brady.

The Lady Lions contributed to some of the weekend’s best performances as Naomi Jeruto finished the 5000m run with a second place finish, completing the run in 18:28.83. The Lady Lions 4x800m relay team consisting of Noel, Curry, Fitzhenry and Blackmon teamed for yet their second top 5 finish of the weekend with a time of 9:48.27.

Some other notable events the Lady Lions competed in included Bethany Burst placing sixth in the 1500m run with a time of 5:09.15, Diana Marcantel clearing 5-01.75 in the women’s high jump for a top 10 finish and Michelle Ogashi jumping 39-04.50 finishing sixth in the women’s triple jump.

On the Men’s side Johnel Reams placed third in the long jump competition, launching 6-8, while Paul Arthur also finished third in the 1500m run with a time of 4:21.05. Adonson Shallow continued his dominance in the men’s throwing events with a discus throw of 182-09 and a hammer throw of 217-08. Both throws landed him a first place finish, and the crowd cheered on as his discus throw landed him in the top five throws in the nation this year.

Other notable men’s performances included the 4x800m relay as Cunningham, Brown, Michael Lee and Mujahed Ahmad finished sixth with a time of 7:48.04. In the pole vault, Kovey Simmons placed in the top 10 clearing 15-1 3/4. In the men’s triple jump, the Lions had two competitors place in the top 10 as Phillippe Moore finished seventh jumping 46-3 1/4 and Brandon Daniels finished eight jumping 45-5 1/4.

“We gave several of our top athletes the week off to be healthier going into next week,” said Brady.

The Lions return to action Saturday in another outdoor event as they head to Ruston, LA to compete in the Jim Mize invitational.