CLINTON, Miss. — Ariane Williams produced an NAIA B-qualifying time in the women’s 400-meter dash Friday and had one of 24 top-10 finishes for Xavier University of Louisiana in the Mike McMillan Invitational track and field meet at Mississippi College.
Williams’ time was 57 seconds flat, and the sophomore from Gonzales, La. — in her first season at XULA after transferring from Southeastern Louisiana — finished second out of 24 runners. Williams finished less than half a second behind Lakeia Hill of Hinds Community College.
Williams qualified for nationals two weeks ago in the 1,600 relay. The NAIA’s national meet will be May 25-27 at Gulf Shores, Ala.
The Gold Nuggets also got second-place finishes from freshmen Taylor Price in the 5,000 (19:48.26) and Taylor Ducros in the javelin (33.59 meters / 110 feet, 2 inches) It was the first collegiate meet for Ducros, who also plays volleyball for XULA.
Maliya Vaughan was third in the 1,500 with a PR of 5:05, and she was eighth in the 800 (2:31.18). Janelle Jones was seventh in the 400 with a PR of 59.35. In the 100, Martina Wright ran a PR and XULA’s best time of the season (12.47), and teammate Alexis Milton was three-hundredths of a second behind her.
For the XULA men, freshman Khalil Gallien had PRs in the 110 hurdles (15.17, sixth place) and 400 hurdles (1:00.48, fourth place).
The Gold Nuggets and Gold Rush will travel to Alabama next Friday for the University of Mobile Invitational, which will start at 11 a.m.
Here are all XULA results from the Mike McMillan Invitational:
100: Martina Wright, 14th in 12.47; Alexis Milton, 15th in 12.50; Justyce Riggs, 27th in 13.51; Katelyn McMorris, 28th in 13.69
200: Ry-Anne Riley, 5th in 25.40; Ariane Williams, 7th in 25.59; Martina Wright, 16th in 26.34
400: Ariane Williams, 2nd in 57.00; Janelle Jones, 7th in 59.35; Tramaine Shannon, 10th in 1:00.76
800: Brianna Pace, 4th in 2:22.55; Maliya Vaughan, 8th in 2:31.18; Carlie Calais, 10th in 2:34.87
1,500: Maliya Vaughan, 3rd in 5:05.00; Brianna Pace, 7th in 5:15.47; Taylor Price, 12th in 5:31.57
5,000: Taylor Price, 2nd in 19:48.26; Dionysia Love, 6th in 20:39.18
400 Relay: Martina Wright, Alexis Milton, Janelle Jones, Justyce Riggs, 4th in 48.65
1,600 Relay: Alexis Milton, Chinyere Jones, Janelle Jones, Brianna Pace, 6th in 4:06.32
Long Jump: Ry-Anne Riley, 7th in 5.41 meters (17 feet, 9 inches); Ireyon Keith, 9th in 5.30 meters (17 feet, 4 3/4 inches); Justyce Riggs, 13th in 5.00 meters (16 feet, 5 inches); Dorian Hill, 16th in 4.79 meters (15 feet, 8 3/4 inches)
Shot Put: Tamia Scott, 25th in 8.00 meters (26 feet, 3 inches)
Javelin: Taylor Ducros, 2nd in 33.59 metere (110 feet, 2 inches); Tamia Scott, 4th in 32.21 meters (105 feet, 8 inches)
100: Joseph Moses III, 19th in 11.18; Treshunn Miliner, 20th in 11.18
200: Treshunn Miliner, 24th in 22.67; Aaron Grundy, 41st in 23.66
400: Aaron Grundy, 30th in 52.47
800: Oji Wells, 9th in 2:03.06; Ammiel Williams, 11th in 2:05.49
1,500: Ammiel Williams, 18th in 4:44.06; Darrick Williams, 24th in 5:35.75
5,000: Darrick Williams, 10th in 21:02.51
110 Hurdles: Khalil Gallien, 6th in 15.17
400 Hurdles: Khalil Gallien, 4th in 1:00.48
1,600 Hurdles: Khalil Gallien, Ammiel Williams, Aaron Grundy, Oji Wells, 9th in 3:38.35
High Jump: Aaron Grundy, 10th in 1.75 meters (5 feet, 8 3/4 inches)