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Demons track, field looks to continue improvement at Missouri Southern meet
Feb 02, 2013 | 269 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Northwestern State men’s and women’s track and field teams head into their third week of indoor competition as they join 13 other teams at the Missouri Southern Lion Open on Saturday.

Joining NSU and host team MSSU will be squads from Bacone, Coffeyville, Cowley Community College, Friends University, Graceland, Hutchinson, Neosho, Pittsburg St., Oklahoma Baptist, Oklahoma Wesleyan, Southwestern and St. Gregory.

“With the Southland Conference meet three weeks away what we are really striving for is improvement,” said Lady Demon head coach Mike Heimerman. “We had another good week of practice so I am just hoping to see everyone get better individually.”

The Demons have 11 athletes’ bests and relay marks that rank in the top eight on the Southland Conference performance list and the women have 12, including four in the shot put alone.

Justin Walker (60m, 6.80), Wayne Douglas (triple jump, 49-2.5) and Janae Allen (shot put, 47-3.75) each have the top marks in the league.

Kendal Taylor is second in the 60m standings at 6.82 and Quiana Griffin has the No. 2 spot in the 400m with a time of 56.71.

Ranking third in this week’s standings are Emmanuel Williams (triple jump, 47-7), Sarah Jones (triple jump, 38-7.5), Keona Jackson (shot put, 43-11.25) and the women’s 4x400 team of Griffin, Constance Seibles, Madison Morton and Consuela Lindsay (3:51.44).

Standing in fourth are freshman high jumper Lionel Ellison (6-4), senior Karensa Ellis in the 800m (2:19.54) and triple jumper Jerrica Tillery (38-5).

Fifth best competitors comprise of Rechelle Bessard (shot put, 42-0.5), Keona Jackson (weight throw, 53-8.5), Hanoj Carter (200m, 22.06) and the demon distance medley relay squad of Albert Gladney, Dezrick Williams, Matt Rodell and Mitch Landry (11:39.34).

Aaron Williams (long jump, 23-1.75), Ali Fontenot (5000m, 19:48.56) and Janae Allen (weight throw, 53-3) put in sixth best performances.

Chris Devers stands at seventh in the shot put with a mark of 46-4.

Ranking eighth through two weeks of competition are Shakemia Johnson (shot put, 39-7.75), Gerrod Hilliard (shot put, 46-2.5) and the men’s 4x400 team of Gabriel White, Keenan Jackson, Austin McCauslin and Antwone Cobbin.

Both NSU squads travel to Fayettville, Ark. next weekend to compete in the Tyson Invitational.

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